Amy Mccandless 'Preserving The Pedestal'
The post-World War II culture was one that included distinct gender roles and heterosexuality. Dr. Sally Miller Gearhart, a Sweet Briar alumna from the class of 1952 remembers anything that deviated from these trends was “completely demonized.” Dr. Gearhart published her own tragic story of romantic friendship the collection of LGBTQ short stories “The New Our Right to Love.” In her story she describes falling in love with one of her fellow Sweet Briar sisters she calls “Lakey.” They began an intimate relationship that continued several years past their graduation from Sweet Briar. The couple ultimately split when “Lakey” decided to do what any woman in the 1950’s was expected to do, get married. Unfortunately, as Dr. Gearhart pointed out in a recent interview, these relationships between two women were “looked upon as just a stage that a young woman might