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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Week 6: When We Were Outlaws

In her book, Córdova writes about a lot of the struggles and events she went through. Although these were important in the book, I was drawn to the things she thought and values she believed in. In the beginning of the book when Córdova is talking to BeJo, the topic about relationships comes up. She uses the phrase "standard lesbian feminist relationship" which I found an interesting subject. Her explanation that a monogamous (heterosexual) relationship is only for the benefit of the man made me take a step back. Her definition of "colonizing construct" in which monogamous marriage was for enslaving and isolating women, as well as becoming property of the man they married could make sense in some cases (abusive), but it didn't seem to include the variable of love. It's understandable that she wanted to oppose the patriarchy. Another subject she brought up in this conversation was that pre-feminist "old gay" were harassed  for imitating hetero marriage. Which is a ridiculous thing to have to go through because humans aren't the only ones to pair up. Becoming a pair (romantically, sexually, etc) is not exclusive to hetero people, and it is not their business either.

She even made some words on lesbianism that were interesting as well. Calling a person that recently identifies as lesbian a "newbie" and tourist and calling herself a "lifer". This was to differentiate between people she believed were unsure of their lesbianism and those who, like her, never questioned it.

In chapter six, Córdova writes how her friend Morris didn't believe that lesbians feminists were valid lesbians. He only accepted men and women that were more "manly" than what was socially acceptable. It is from this that she might get her extreme beliefs about small things like a relationship. If her own gay friend didn't believe in her, another gay person, then it only fueled the fire in her fight for civil rights.

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