Behind the green door: romantic suffering and Australian lesbian identity in the mid-twentieth century

Sulway, Nike (2012) Behind the green door: romantic suffering and Australian lesbian identity in the mid-twentieth century. In: 11th Australian Homosexual Histories Conference (ALGA 2012), 8-9 Jun 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

Abstract

In Australia during the 1950s, lesbians often experienced suffering. In some ways, their identities produced, and were produced by, these experiences. Living on the fringes of society, they struggled to make sense of who they were in a society for whom they were morally and personally repugnant. The word 'lesbian' was a dangerous slur. Though no longer unspeakable, lesbian identity was routinely described as either unnatural or abnormal.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2014 04:22
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2017 03:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: social attitudes; homosexuality; lesbian; discrimination; in the closet
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26114

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