Lori Henriksen

author of The Winter Loon

Lesbians 1930s

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No surprise. Not much to report from the 1930s on women with emotional and sexual attraction to other women.

The “liberated” young college women of the 1930s wore makeup. Some drank alcohol in mixed company. Smoking was no longer disgraceful and now considered sexy. Many young women went to college to husband hunt with education as a secondary goal.

Changes in sexual mores had been underway since the 1920s. By the 1930s on college campuses a dramatic change in attitude had occurred. A 1938 study of over one thousand college students uncovered new standards of permissible behavior—premarital sex with a fiancé and a clear commitment to marriage, justified the intimacy. The shift in attitudes did nothing help lesbians. The word wasn’t even widely used until much later.

Lesbians have been ignored, persecuted and labeled as deviant. It wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970s that limited acceptance was gained in the U.S. Then in 1997, Ellen DeGeneres came out on national television. Almost twenty years ago, but still lots of relevance.

 

And here is a link to a list of books BuzzFeed:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/15-books-every-young-gay-woman-should-read#.ruNzPGgxX

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10 thoughts on “Lesbians 1930s

  1. I was a huge fan of Ellen’s sitcom and I was amazed by how much attention her “coming out” got. But she really did blaze a pretty big trail. I wonder if people realize that today. I can’t believe how many people don’t even know she had a sitcom before her talk show!

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

  2. I had never watched the Ellen interview before. Thanks so much for sharing that.

  3. Thanks for sharing Ellen’s interview.

    Joy @ The Joyous Living

  4. I never saw the interview, but I remember how big of an impact it had. Hard to believe it was so long ago.
    @DoreeWeller from
    Doree Weller’s Blog

  5. As bad as it sounds I think we can be proud of how much has happened in the recent decades in regards to equality. There’s a long road ahead of course but reading your summary made me also want to stop and feel proud of what has already been changed.

    Andrea from Music & Words blog
    Volunteer in Damyanti’s D Company #atozchallenge

  6. As bad as it sounds I think we can be proud of how much has happened in the recent decades in regards to equality. There’s a long road ahead of course but reading your summary made me also want to stop and feel proud of what has already been changed

    Andrea from Music & Words blog
    Volunteer in Damyanti’s D Company #atozchallenge

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