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The Lavender Menace


 Courtesy: New York Public Library
Courtesy: New York Public Library

Betty Friedan, author of "The Feminine Mystique," once infamously referred to radical lesbian feminists as a "lavender menace" that threatened the credibility of the National Organization for Women. Cristen and Caroline revisit the homophobic rift within second-wave feminism and the development of lesbian feminism in the 1970s.

Episode sources:

"4 Big Problems with 'The Feminine Mystique'." http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/02/4-big-problems-with-the-feminine-mystique/273069/

In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution. https://books.google.com/books?id=H7bA8Z57PwMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=susan+brownmill+in+our+time&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCIQuwUwAGoVChMI6bjmnuS3xwIViFuICh0wpgkw#v=onepage&q=%22lavender%20menace%22&f=false

"Lesbianism and Feminism." https://www.uic.edu/orgs/cwluherstory/CWLUArchive/lesbianfeminism.html

"Lesbian Feminism." http://sitemaker.umich.edu/lesbian.history/lesbian_feminism

"MAKERS Profile: Rita Mae Brown." http://www.makers.com/rita-mae-brown

"Meet the Witches, Lesbian Separatists, and Other Brave Feminists Who Shook Up the '60s and '70s." http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/02/second-wave-feminists-documentary-shes-beautiful-when-shes-angry

"Radicalesbians." http://web-static.nypl.org/exhibitions/1969/radicalesbians.html

The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. https://books.google.com/books?id=Dz4wU64f_JYC&pg=PA353&lpg=PA353&dq=adrienne+rich+lesbian+feminism&source=bl&ots=mHU0EqCFc2&sig=rulzOryJwv2GOp_ok8_k48aDbyc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEIQ6AEwBWoVChMIoeX7q6i4xwIVxDqICh0F5woQ#v=onepage&q=adrienne%20rich%20lesbian%20feminism&f=false

"The Woman Identified Woman." http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/wlmpc_wlmms01011/

Topics in this Podcast: feminism, lgbt, women's history, lesbians


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