Lesbian Culture Artifacts That Changed Lives

As women’s history month draws to a close, it seems important to highlight this sort of list.

To accompany Frank Rich’s essay on Carol, the Todd Haynes adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic lesbian novel, New York invited 28 people to share a specific piece of lesbian cultural history that moved them most. Here are their answers.

Spring Fire by Vin Packer (Marijane Meaker), 1952

The “Beebo Brinker” series by Ann Bannon (Ann Weldy), beginning 1957

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, 1964

Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians Photographs by JEB, 1979

Sex Variant Women in Literature by Jeannette H. Foster, 1956

Rachel and the Seven Wonders by Netta Syrett, 1923

Bagdad Cafe, 1987

I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, 1987

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde, 1982

Say Jesus and Come to Me by Ann Allen Shockley, 1982

Shockproof Sydney Skate by Marijane Meaker, 1972

We Too Are Drifting/Torchlight to Valhalla by Gale Wilhelm, 1935 and 1938

Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig, 1971 (English translation)

Personal Best by Team Dresch, 1995

Angry Women by Andrea Juno, edited by V. Vale, 1991

Mädchen in Uniform, 1931

S.C.U.M. Manifesto by Valerie Solanas, 1967

Star Trek: The Next Generation, 1987

Trash: Short Stories by Dorothy Allison, 1988

Eau D’Bedroom Dancing” by Le Tigre, 1999

Desert Hearts1985

Medallion by Gluck, 1937

Je Tu Il Elle, Chantal Akerman, 1974

DKNY advertisement, 1999

The Lesbian Body by Monique Wittig, 1975 (English translation)

L’Avventura, 1960

The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin, starting 1986

Herstory Inventory” by Ulrike Müller, 2014

Those who made the selections and succinct explanations of why each selection was made are available in the complete article on New York magazine’s Vulture website: http://www.vulture.com/2015/11/28-life-changing-lesbian-culture-artifacts.html.



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