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For a woman to be a lesbian in a male-supremacist, capitalist, misogynist, racist, homophobic, imperialist culture, such as that of North America, is an act of resistance. (A resistance that should be championed throughout the world by all forces struggling for liberation from the same slave master.) No matter how a woman lives out her lesbianism- in the closet, in the state legislature, in the bedroom- she has rebelled against becoming the slave master’s concubine, viz. the male-dependent female, the female heterosexual. This rebellion is dangerous business in patriarchy…Lesbianism is a recognition, an awakening, a reawakening of our passion for each (woman) other (woman) and for same (woman).

Excerpt from [Lesbianism: an Act of Resistance by Cheryl Clarke]

Found in the book by Cherríe Moraga, and Gloria Anzaldúa: This Bridge Called My Back: Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Watertown, MA: Persephone, 1981.

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Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society’s definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference – those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older – know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths.

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For a woman to be lesbian in a male-supremacist, capitalist, misogynist, racist, homophobic, imperialist culture, such as that of North America, is an act of resistance. (A resistance that should be championed throughout the world by all the forces struggling for liberation from the same slave master.)
Cheryl Clarke, Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance

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