She argues that much of feminist literature still functions under a compulsory heterosexual paradigm, which is a problem facing the homosexual community.
It makes me so sad to think about how much lesbian history has been erased and how much invalidation lesbians still face in a patriarchal society, and how many lesbians are out there who don't know and will never know because compulsory heterosexuality and internalized homophobia is so strong.
R I was surprised to find a hard copy of this at my school's library and read it on my terms and honestly Rich asserts that compulsory heterosexuality is not innate or natural or a "choice", but rather a political institution that serves to maintain gender inequalities and misogynistic social constructs.
It focuses on the lesbian experience in particular and the specific shared struggles of overcoming comphet, but I think even heterosexual women who are confident in that identity and have never questioned it could probably learn and understand a lot about their personal attraction to men, the various power relations in their lives, and their oppression and objectification in different contexts due to pressures from society to form, value, and prioritize relationships with men above all others.
Another issue is that it's obviously outdated and exclusive of the experiences of bisexual and trans women.
There's also a problematic bit in there about gay men, but I think the point of that was to reiterate that the lesbian experience is entirely different from theirs, so it shouldn't be lumped together as it frequently has.
Overall, this is a really important piece that helped me understand my identity as a lesbian woman in ways I never thought about previously, and inspired me to seek out more lesbian-feminist literature.Adrienne Rich: Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence • A thesis for Rich’s essay: pages , (especially the first paragraph of section.
In , Adrienne Rich wrote the essay ‘Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence’ as an answer to the rifts that were developing between women in the previous decade, as an attempt to reinforce the personal and political bonds between women.
As this year is the 30th anniversary of this monumentally important, monumentally beautiful. Adrienne Rich's Essay Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence - Yes and No Adrienne Rich attacks heterosexuality as “a political institution which disempowers women” in her essay Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence (Rich 23).
"Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence" is a essay by Adrienne Rich, which was also published in her book Blood, Bread, and Poetry as a part of the radical feminism movement of the late '60s, '70s, and '80s.
Rich, Adrienne Cecile. Journal of Women's History, Volume 15, Number 3, Autumn , Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence () I wanted the essay to suggest new kinds of criticism, to incite new questions in classrooms and academic journals.
Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich's essay constitutes a powerful challenge to some of our least examined sexual assumptions. Rich turns all the familiar arguments on their heads: If the first A feminist critique of compulsory heterosexual orientation for women is long overdue.
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