The politics of lesbian invisibility : a Nova Scotia study

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dc.contributor.advisor Christiansen-Ruffman, Linda
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator Wood, Darl 2011-05-09T12:32:40Z 2011-05-09T12:32:40Z 2002
dc.identifier.other HQ1459 N6 W66 2002
dc.description ix, 188 leaves : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description 'Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Joint Women's Studies Programme at Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University.'
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 177-186).
dc.description.abstract Within the context of the Nova Scotia women's movement of the 1980s, this thesis examines the relationship between Lesbian and heterosexual women, the processes of Lesbian invisibility, and the paradox of Lesbian visibility and invisibility. From a Lesbian-feminist perspective the study offers insights into dynamics of a pattern that partially accounts for the disappearance of Lesbian sensibility in present women's studies and feminist movement. The phenomena of Lesbians acting as a buffer and scapegoat for the movement as well as the role of complicity Lesbians engaged is explored. Methodology consisted of interviewing "second wave" feminist leaders in semi-formal and casual situations, examining gray literature of that era, and probing four grassroots organizations and groups that were prominent during that decade. The results found that relations between the two constituents on an individual-social basis were supportive. Lesbian invisibility occurred only at the apex of public identification with Lesbian concerns and identified issues. The extent that Lesbianism was consistently strategized from visibility in organizations and in feminist theory played a significant part in the disappearance of Lesbians as a force within the women's movement in Nova Scotia.
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dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HQ1459.N6
dc.subject.lcsh Feminism -- Nova Scotia -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Lesbian feminism -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Lesbian feminist theory
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist theory
dc.title The politics of lesbian invisibility : a Nova Scotia study
dc.type Text Master of Arts in Women's Studies Masters Women's Studies Program Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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