The Lavender Menace

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'."

In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution.

"Lesbianism and Feminism."

"Lesbian Feminism."

"MAKERS Profile: Rita Mae Brown."

"Meet the Witches, Lesbian Separatists, and Other Brave Feminists Who Shook Up the '60s and '70s."


The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology.

"The Woman Identified Woman."

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