Lesbian Feminism

Essays Opposing Global Heteropatriarchies

Edited by Niharika Banerjea, Kath Browne, Eduarda Ferreira, Marta Olasik, and Julie Podmore


Provocative, nuanced and far-reaching Lesbian Feminism confronts the historic devaluation of lesbian-feminist politics within Anglo-American discourse

Drawing on the incredible wealth of diversity of languages, cultures and movements in which lesbian feminisms have been articulated, this book confronts the historic devaluation of lesbian-feminist politics within Anglo-American discourse and ignites a transnational and transgenerational discussion regarding the relevance of lesbian feminisms in today’s world, a discussion that challenges the view of lesbian feminism as static and essentialist.

Through careful consideration of contemporary debates, these writers, theorists, academics and activists consider the wider place of lesbian feminisms within queer theory, post-colonial feminism, and the movement for LGBT rights. It considers how lesbian feminisms can contribute to discussions on intersectionality, engage with trans activism and the need for trans-inclusion, to ultimately show how lesbian feminisms can offer a transformative approach to today’s sexual and gender politics.

Author Bio

Niharika Banerjea is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ambedkar University, Delhi, and has previously taught at the University of Southern Indiana and SUNY Buffalo. Her previous works include the co-edited collection Friendship as Social Justice Activism (2018).

Kath Browne is Professor of Geographies of Sexualities and Genders at Maynooth University, as well as Professor of Human Geography at University of Brighton. Her previous books include Queer Methods and Methodologies (with Catherine Nash, 2016) and Lesbian Geographies: Gender, Place and Power (with Eduarda Ferreira, 2018).

Eduarda Ferreira is a researcher working on gender and sexuality with the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS/NOVA) at Nova University of Lisbon, as well as an executive board member of the feminist NGO UMAR. Her previous books include Lesbian Geographies: Gender, Place and Power (with Kath Browne, 2018).

Marta Olasik received a PhD in social sciences from the University of Warsaw. Her area of expertise is lesbian studies, which she is trying to introduce into the Polish academic reality, reflecting on the subject from the perspectives of the sociology of knowledge and geographies of sexualities primarily. Her dissertation is a pioneering interdisciplinary conceptualisation of lesbian subjectivities and citizenships, and aims at establishing a distinct lesbian-studies discourse in Poland.

Julie A. Podmore is Professor of Geosciences at John Abbott College, Canada, and an affiliate faculty member at Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montréal. Her previous books include Introducing Geography (with Stephen Bryce and John Buskard, 2011).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Transnational Ruminations on Lesbian Feminisms
Julie Podmore, Marta Olasik, Eduarda Ferreira, Kath Browne, Niharika Banerjea
1. Sisterhood, Separatism and Sex Wars
Sophie Robinson
2. Is There a New Language in Hesitation?
Rukmini Sen
3. Demythologizing Heterosexuality and Sexual Difference
Jules Falquet
4. The Theological Basis for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist Positions
Katherine O’Donnell
5. Manoeuvring Feminisms through LGBTQ Movements in India
Ranjita Biswas, Sumita Beethi, and Subhagata Ghosh
6. Speculations on Lesbian Feminism as Erotic Friendship
Karuna Chandrashekar and Shraddha Chatterjee
7. Once Upon a Time I Was a Lesbian, Now I Am Genderqueer and Feline
Shals Mahajan
8. Unqualified, Middle-Aged Lesbian Swerves Abruptly out of Her Lane to Talk about Trans Issues
Rosie Swayne
9. The Butch, the Bitch and the Superwoman
Paramita Banerjee
10. The Place of Lesbians in the Women’s Movement
Line Chamberland
11. Of Hating Men, Loving Women and Fighting Back in Our Time
Nitya V, in conversation with Nadika Nadja and Poorva Rajaram
12. Reflections on Historic Lesbian Feminisms in France
Natacha Chetcuti-Osorovitz
13. Looking for the Lesbian
Asha Achuthan
14. Activist Past, Theoretical Future
Valérie Simon
15. From Separation to Dialogue/Dangerous Love
Mamatha Karollil
16. Lesbian Feminism
Sara Ahmed
17. An Exploration of Counter-Hegemonic Discourses in an Expanding Queer Archive
Nadine Lake


Publication Date: 15 August 2019
336 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781786995308
Hardback: 9781786995315
eBook ePub: 9781786995339
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