Lesbian Rites by Ramona Faith Oswald
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Lesbian Rites
By Ramona Faith Oswald

Lesbian Rites

Symbolic Acts and the Power of Community

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Lesbian Rites by Ramona Faith Oswald

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Explore affirmation and coping rituals for lesbian singles, couples, and communities! This pioneering book is a multidisciplinary compilation of scholarship addressing lesbians, the rituals in their lives, and the meaning and impact of those rituals for the women involved and the people and communities around them. It offers a diverse range of perspectives on what it means to be a lesbian, what ritual is, what it means to enact a ritual, and how we can understand lesbian ritual experiences. Lesbian Rites: Symbolic Acts and the Power of Community presents five explorations of ritual that bring forth themes of lesbian-centered social change. * In "Death's Midwife," Sharon Jaffe creates a narrative that illustrates the power of ritual to reconcile straight and gay, Christian and Pagan, in end-of-life situations. * Next, Ruth Barrett's exploration of Dianic traditions provides a brief history of the importance of Goddess-worship to radical lesbian feminists, and uses those traditions to create life-course rituals. * Marla Brettschneider's "Ritual Encounters of the Queer Kind" challenges notions of a static "lesbian self" and instead reworks Judaism and anarchist politics to propose rituals of continuous "becoming." * Krista McQueeney then analyzes the paradoxes of a lesbian commitment ceremony held within a gay-affirmative African-American congregation in the southern United States. * Elizabeth Suter and editor Ramona Faith Oswald use exploratory survey data to examine how lesbian couples may use name changing as a strategy to claim family status. In addition, Lesbian Rites also includes two chapters that examine how lesbians have been compromised, if not harmed, by the ritualization of heterosexism and homophobia. The first is an insightful analysis of the community response to the feminist retreat known as Camp Sister Spirit. In this chapter, Kate Greene uses Mary Daly's seven patterns of sado-ritual syndrome to show how the people opposed to the camp were organized to uphold heterosexual patriarchy through an obsession with purity that defined the camp as a refuge for immorality. The second chapter on this subject reviews the editor's own experiences of being hidden and devalued at heterosexual family weddings.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781560233145
ISBN-10: 1560233141
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Pages: 146
Imprint: Haworth Press Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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