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Redefining the Self Coming out As Lesbian

Markowe, Laura

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ISBN 10: 074561129X / ISBN 13: 9780745611297
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Trade Paperback. Polity, 1991. 1st Edition/1st Printing. Near Fine Book. Lightly handled, with minimal wear to book. Light wear to covers. Overall, a clean and tight copy. Media Mail packed in protective bubble lined shipping bags, Priority in a Flat Rate Envelope. Shipped quickly. Prompt response to questions. Bookseller Inventory # 705187

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Title: Redefining the Self Coming out As Lesbian

Binding: Softcover; First Printing

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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What experiences do women have when they come to identify themselves as lesbian? What happens when they consider telling family and friends about their sexual identity? This book examines these questions on the basis of interviews with individuals and other source materials. Coming out can only be understood, the author stresses, against the backdrop of a firmly heterosexist society. The dominant heterosexual culture tends to freeze gender divisions in such a way as to polarize sexual identities.
The author focuses more upon the isolated lesbian, rather than upon political lesbianism. Coming out is seen to be a complex and emotional process, but one that is potentially highly rewarding. Lesbians, Markowe shows, have to struggle with both their 'invisibility' in the predominantly heterosexual culture, but also with perceptions of threat and abnormality. Coming out to family and heterosexual friends involves risks and benefits. Case studies of lesbian women are discussed in the context of the threat to, and reconstruction of, identity which the coming-out process presumes.
This book will be of interest to second year undergraduates and above working in the fields of women's studies, social psychology and the psychology or sociology of gender.

About the Author:

Laura Markowe is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care, South Bank University.

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