Title

The Perils and Pleasures of Being an Out Lesbian Academic; or, Speech from the Scaffold

Publication Date

8-15-1997

Document Type

Contribution to a Book

Department

Humanities

Disciplines

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Publication Title

Lesbians in Academia: Degrees of Freedom

Editor

Beth Mintz, Esther D. Rothblum

DOI

https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203948903

First Page

171

Last Page

179

Abstract

To be a philosophic lesbian is to love Sophia, in all her dynamic life-filled contradictions. The lesbian lover of Sophia is immediately mediated, never "natural" yet always intimately in physical nature. Being a lesbian is never stable, solid, or grounded; its status quo is status-less: a free-floating agent of disruptive change and momentous insight.

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