Surface Tension: Love, Sex and Politics Between Lesbians and Straight Women


Publisher’s Description

This anthology is filled with personal narratives that explore a particular friendship or perspective on relationships between women of different sexualities. Editor Meg Daly breaks the essays, interviews, and stories into six different sections—”Best Friends”; “Romantic Love”; “Curiosity, Desire, and Sex”; “On Passing and Solidarity”; “Blurred Boundaries or Which One Is the Lesbian?”; and “Visibility, Community, and Our Separate Spheres.” These stories explore personal experiences of life as a lesbian, close friendships, queer theory, and LGBTQ history.

In Dorothy Allison’s story “Conceptional Lesbianism,” she lends a historical perspective to straight-lesbian relationships in the 1970s, and she examines on what it means to be a lesbian. Lisa Springer reflects on the period in her adolescence when she wasn’t aware of her attraction to women in “Between Girls.” In “Kat,” Guinevere Turner on the pain of reconciling one’s sexual orientation with past relationships.

A wide range of experiences, perspectives, and diverse voices come together in this anthology to explore the pain, joy, humor, and beauty of life as a lesbian. 

Library Notes

Paperback. Purchased used by the library with founder’s funds.

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