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“Your Young Lesbian Sisters”

Queer Girls’ Voices in the Liberation Era

Amanda H. Littauer

caution and painful memories to interfere with their responsibility to mentor young women, thereby estranging lesbian youth in new and perhaps particularly painful ways. Historians have written remarkably little about the lives of same-sex desiring youth

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Queer Girls and Intergenerational Lesbian Sexuality in the 1970s

Amanda H. Littauer

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Drawing on letters and writings by teenage girls and oral history interviews, this article aims to open a scholarly conversation about the existence and significance of intergenerational sexual relationships between minor girls and adult women in the years leading up to and encompassing the lesbian feminist movement of the 1970s. Lesbian history and culture say very little about sexual connections between youth and adults, sweeping them under the rug in gender-inflected ways that differ from the suppression of speech in gay male history and culture about intergenerational sex between boys and men. Nonetheless, my research suggests that, despite lesbian feminists’ caution and even negativity toward teen girls, erotic and sexual relationships with adult women provided girls access to support, pleasure, mentorship, and community.

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Frank G. Karioris, J. Daniel Elam, Rupali Francesca Samuel, Marco Wan, Alvin K. Wong, and Danish Sheikh

legal language” ( Felman 2002: 4 ). The rest of Contempt tells the traumatic story of a lesbian youth being forced to visit a psychologist for gay conversation therapy, the obstacle of carrying out human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired