We live in a world where a 21st century woman can vote, work full time, and raise a family on her own terms. Woman can choose when to have children, if they want to achieve a higher education, and obtain jobs that women in the 60’s only dreamt about. Most of these accomplishments were brought on by the Women’s Movement of the 1960’s. They brought up conventional thoughts and ideas that changed the course of history. However, in their quest for women’s rights and equality amongst men, there were some that were left out of the mass movement. Lesbians of the 1960’s were considered to be social pariahs by the Woman’s Movement of the 1960’s and not to be connected with. By being the outcasts, Lesbians created and founded their own movement that
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The backlash against the lesbian feminists was astonishing. Several of the more radical (hetero) feminist groups were extremely vocal against the lesbian woman’s movement. Roxanne Dunbar, the leader of group Cell 16 was an extreme homophobe and believed “homosexuality was like heterosexuality, it suffers from being a sexuality.” [Echols 164]. Dunbar’s take on lesbianism was focusing on sexuality being a problem within society and not a normal social construct.
However, extremist feminist radical groups like Cell 16 or The Redstockings (another radical feminist group who were against lesbianism) were nothing compared to the backlash of the major players within the feminist movement. Ti-Grace Atikinson, one of the founding members of the NOW—National Organization of Women—the New York chapter, was quoted as saying “Lesbians, by definition, accept that human beings are primarily sexual beings…one would have to grant that women are, in some sense, inferior.” [Echols 173]. Atikinson’s understanding of being lesbian only uses them in a sexual sense, focusing on their relationship with other women; disregarding the fact that they too, have relationship problems like any other run-of-the-mill heterosexual couple.
It was an ironic concept of being against the