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Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeannette Howard Foster
 
 
Author
Joanne Passet.
Publisher DaCapo  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.3 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780786718221
Pages/Publication Date 353/2008
Daedalus Item Code 21516
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Jeannette Howard Foster was to lesbians in the mid-20th century what such authors as Gore Vidal and James Baldwin were to gay men. She unapologetically blew the lid off Cold War sexual repression in 1956 with her Sex Variant Women in Literature, a study of homosexual, bisexual, and cross-dressing characters appearing in more than 300 works, from ancient times to the present. Joanne Passet gives us a fascinating portrait of Foster, who served as the first librarian at the Kinsey Institute before leaving to publish her controversial book. It is also a riveting look into the intense sexual repression and persecution endured by homosexuals, the groundbreaking advances put forth by a cadre of activists, and the rise of feminism and gay and lesbian liberation decades later.

"In her detailed biography of Foster, Passet thoroughly explores the circumstances for gays in mid- to late-20th-century America, revealing, as may be expected, a not-always-pretty picture. Foster chose the term sex variant consciously, to 'help in destigmatizing women who chose to live as bisexuals, cross dressers, and lesbians,' and as a reaction to the Library of Congress' policy then of assigning the subject heading sex deviate to works such as hers.... A story of an important figure in gay literary studies as well as librarianship."Booklist

 
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