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Sunday, October 28, 2012

When We Were Outlaws



One of the scenes from the novel that struck me the most was when Cordova was abandoned by her father because of his mislead beliefs on lesbians. It shows how lesbians have to always swim against the views of society, law, religion, and even family. It was also interesting seeing the growing apart of the GSCS between the gay and lesbian community. I was not aware of how gay men of the 1950s viewed lesbians as not their equals. So not only did lesbians have to fight against the views of heterosexual society but against the prejudices of their gay brothers as well making things even more difficult. This reminded me about the Chicano civil rights movement where women's rights were not at the forefront but forgotten as well. It was also interesting seeing the different political backgrounds in the lesbian/feminist civil rights movement which I also was not aware of. At times these different backgrounds created different visions for the movement and different methods to achieve those visions. It also created a lot of clashes within the movement which is seen numerous times throughout the novel. It was amazing seeing Cordova keep her stance firm in her dream to have gay and lesbian brothers united.

Why did the gay men of the 1950s view lesbians on a lower level when they themselves were discriminated against by society in the same way?

I don't understand how these brothers and sisters who went through the same exact hardships can become excluded by the other.

Why did you choose not to drop journalism and join the forefront of the urban guerrilla movement?

At times in the novel Cordova expressed a yearning to cross the line from journalism to revolutionary but never did.


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