Author Archives: Bev Jo

About Bev Jo

I've been a Lesbian from my earliest memories and am proud to be a Lesbian. My life's work is defending Lesbian culture and existence against those who oppress us. Working-class, ex-catholic, mostly European-descent (with some Native American ancestry), from poverty class culture. Lifelong Lesbian, born near Cincinnati, Ohio in 1950. Became lovers with my first lover in 1968, became part of a Lesbian community in 1970, and became a Dyke Separatist in 1972. Worked on some of the earliest Lesbian Feminist projects, such as the Lesbian Feminist Conference in Berkeley in 1972, the newspaper “Dykes and Gorgons” in 1973, the women’s bookstore and Lesbian coffeehouse, and taught self defense to women and girls. Have published in several journals and anthologies, including “For Lesbians Only,” “Finding the Lesbians,” “Lesbian Friendships,” "Amazones d'Hier, Lesbiennes Aujourd'hui," “Mehr als das Herz Gebrochen,” the Journal for Lesbian Studies, Lesbian Ethics, and Sinister Wisdom. With Linda Strega and Ruston, co-wrote our book, “Dykes-Loving-Dykes: Dyke Separatist Politics for Lesbians Only” in 1990. Have been disabled since 1981 with ME/CFIDS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) or perhaps Lyme disease (who the hell knows) and MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.) I love nature and plants and animals -- and especially the animals who are feared and hated and killed by people who don't even know them, just as Lesbians are. I've learned to love rats especially, who I do not consider inferior to humans. I'm a spiritual atheist, but I've found out that there is definitely life after death because a little rat returned from the dead for three days to comfort us. These hated little animals are so kind and loving, and willing to die for someone they love. I say, in our fight to protect the earth -- distrust all "truths" we are taught by patriarchy. The true truth is often the opposite.

Defending Our Lesbian Lives and History from Male Erasure

Originally posted on GenderTrender:
This is a GUEST POST by Bev Jo. ‘When We Rise’ miniseries logo. [ABC] Defending Our Lesbian Lives and History from Male Erasure By Bev Jo We know about the trans cult appropriating our Lesbian and…

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Introduction to Dykes-Loving-Dykes: Dyke Separatist Politics, 25 years update

  Dykes-Loving-Dykes: Dyke Separatist Politics Bev Jo, Linda Strega, Ruston 1990 – 2015 Why We Wrote This Book I’ve put our entire updated book at the heading of my blog, so all the chapters can easily be seen and linked to, … Continue reading

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Chapter Four — 2015 Update, 25 Years Later — SUPPORTING BUTCHES SUPPORTS ALL LESBIANS

 Chapter Four 2015 Update, 25 Years Later SUPPORTING BUTCHES SUPPORTS ALL LESBIANS  Bev Jo (My update is the introduction for our edited original chapter on Butch oppression,  BUTCH-HATRED IS LESBIAN-HATRED, published in 1990. That three-part chapter follows this section.) We … Continue reading

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Chapter Nine — Hidden Disability by Bev Jo and Linda Strega

 Chapter Nine   Hidden Disability by Bev Jo and Linda Strega Part 1 OPPRESSION IS SICKENING                                                   … Continue reading

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Chapter Three — Heterosexism Among Lesbians Is Lesbian-hating

                                                              Chapter Three   Heterosexism Among Lesbians Is Lesbian-hating   … Continue reading

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Chapter Two: Heterosexuality/Selling Out Is Not Compulsory

                                                  Chapter Two How Patriarchy Uses Heterosexual and Bisexual Women against Lesbians — Heterosexuality/Selling Out Is Not Compulsory … Continue reading

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Chapter One — The Crimes of Mankind

Chapter One The Crimes of Mankind Bev Jo                      (Based on the Original Version by Bev with Ruston and Linda) (This chapter was originally the beginning of Chapter Two, Heterosexuality/Selling Out Is Not Compulsory, in our book, Dykes-Loving-Dykes, 1990.) All males … Continue reading

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Chapter Five — LESBIANS FOR LESBIANS — Dyke Separatism

Chapter Five  LESBIANS FOR LESBIANS                 Dyke Separatism Means Loving Dykes                                             … Continue reading

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Chapter Seven: Motherhood: The Ultimate Feminine Role

Chapter Seven:  Motherhood: The Ultimate Feminine Role Bev Jo Linda Strega Ruston (Originally published in 1990, I, Bev, have updated this to share online.) Radical Feminism is about questioning everything we are taught is sacred and unquestionable in patriarchy, from … Continue reading

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Chapter Eight — PATRIARCHY IS ONE BIG UNHAPPY FAMILY

                                               Chapter Eight   PATRIARCHY IS ONE BIG UNHAPPY FAMILY                 … Continue reading

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