“Lesbian-Like” and the Social History of Lesbianisms
Bennett, Judith M.(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 9, nos. 1-2 (2000)
In Queer Studies, social history is “queer.” Gay and lesbian histories abound with insightful analyses of texts produced by the powerful and privileged, but they are relatively poor in scholarship about the ordinary lives of average people.’ I offer here a proposal that might adjust this balance a bit. The rich insights brought by intellectual, cultural, and literary studies of same-sex love are invaluable, but I seek to complement these with more complete understandings of the same-sex relations ofpeople who were more real than imagined and more ordlnary than extraordinary.