9780415929455

No More Secrets: Violence in Lesbian Relationships

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415929455

  • ISBN10:

    0415929458

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-02-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Myths: Violence is a male biological trait. When women fight, no one gets seriously hurt. Lesbians don't abuse their spouses. The truth revealed in Janice Ristock's groundbreaking book is that lesbian relationships sometimes do turn violent. Based on interviews with more than one hundred lesbians who have suffered abuse and seventy-five case workers,No More Secretsis a comprehensive account of this startling phenomenon. Although one in four gay and lesbian couples are affected by domestic violence, the problem has remained hidden for several reasons. First is the fear of homophobic backlash should lesbian violence be acknowledged. More significantly, Ristock argues, the lesbian feminist culture has readily adopted the idea that men are more violent than women in order to validate lesbian relationships. Recognizing abuse among lesbians would undermine the cemented belief that domestic abuse is an expression of patriarchy and gender bias. The definitive book on the subject,No MoreSecretscombines extensive research on the nature of lesbian battering with close-up analysis that will change our understanding of crimes of intimacy in heterosexual and homosexual couples alike. By giving voice to the victims, Ristock helps women to address violence by breaking silences, sharing secrets, and naming the forms of abuse.

Author Biography

Janice L. Ristock is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Manitoba

Table of Contents

Preface: Bearing Witness ix
The Emergence of Lesbian Partner Abuse: Creating a New Category
1(26)
Troubling Tales: Telling Stories, Exposing Language, Raising Questions
27(22)
A MATERIAL TALE: TELLING STORIES
What the Body Remembers: Lesbians' Experiences of Relationship Violence
49(30)
An Innocence Lost: Responses to Violence
79(32)
A DISCURSIVE TALE: EXPOSING LANGUAGE
What's Written on the Body
111(30)
The Politics of Responding to Violence in Lesbian Relationships
141(34)
A REFLEXIVE TALE: RAISING QUESTIONS
Looking Forward
175(20)
Notes 195(20)
Bibliography 215(14)
Index 229

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