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Lesbian Ex-lovers

The Really Long-term Relationships

By Jacqueline S. Weinstock (Edited by), Esther D. Rothblum (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 255 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United States, 12 November 2004
Lesbian Ex-Lovers examines the need for the development of better understanding and more critical analysis of lesbian ex-lover relationships. This eye-opening look into the minds and hearts of women offers personal insight into the possibilities for and potential pitfalls of lesbian ex-lover relations. This book contains personal stories, fictional accounts, poetry, and theoretical analyses of the frequency and significance of ex-lovers at different stages in a relationship. Topics of interest in this study include: the roles ex-lovers play in our lives; ex-lovers as contexts for change and development; how we continue to be influenced by ex-lovers; letting go and moving on; ex-lovers as current friends and family; themes of betrayal and loss of faith; reconstructing friendships and community; the mystique of the ex-lover; friend/family connections among lesbian ex-lovers; Lesbian Ex-Lovers is the only book in print that explores how a lesbian's ex-lovers impact her subsequent romances and lifestyle. This special collection adds a new dynamic to the current literature for and about the lesbian community.

Table of Contents

* INTRODUCTION * Lesbian Ex-Lover Relationships: Under-Estimated, Under-Theorized and Under-Valued? (Jacqueline S. Weinstock) * "THE CHANGER AND THE CHANGED": EX-LOVERS AS CONTEXTS FOR DEVELOPMENT * To All the Girls I Left Before (Alison Bechdel) * Tenth Anniversary (Jill Stranger) * Coming Out of My Closet (Barbara Brown) * In My Dream: My Ex-Lovers' Unconventional Convention (Pat Pomerleau Chavez) * These Most Difficult Tasks (Karen Heise) * Passion (Marilyn Lee) * MOVING COSTS: CHALLENGES OF (RE)DEFINING OUR RELATIONSHIPS AND DEALING WITH UNFINISHED BUSINESS * Still the One (Susan McCully) * Loading Up the U-Haul: Traveling the Spaces Between Friends and Lovers (Tammie M. Kennedy) * Daring to Take the Risk (Myra Betschild and Adrienne Fortanier) * Family Affairs (L. J. "Tess" Tessier) * Highly Favored Ex (Gina Perille) * For Emily, Many Years Too Late/Years Later, in Another City, I Still Think of Her (Renny Christopher) * TOO MUCH TSORAS? THE HIGH COSTS OF MAINTAINING TIES * Truth, Dreams and the Li(v)es Between (Marilyn Lee) * Temporary Temptation (Cecilia Stanton) * Lost Love (Renny Christopher) * Neurotic Love Letters (tatiana de la tierra) * Goodbye to My Lover (Michelle Gibson) * Leaving Liza (Jane Futcher) * Lesbian Ex-Lovers by the Numbers: A Reflective but Not Contemplative Love Poem of Sorts (Dr. Dyke) * NOT LOVERS BUT NOT "JUST FRIENDS": RECONSTRUCTING FAMILIES, FRIENDSHIPS, AND COMMUNITIES * PERSONAL STORIES * I'm Not Lisa (Kate Brown) * The House on Transcript Avenue (Bernadette Barton) * The Politics of Potlucks (Barbara Esrig) * Family Doggerel (Becky Thacker) * The Visit (Marilyn Lee) * Irritating and Constricting/Elating and Elastic--Being "Ex" as a Lesbian (Fe Day) * THEORETICAL REFLECTIONS * Consummated Friends and Ex-Wives: Two Types of Lesbian Ex-Lovers (Tabitha Eden) * When Three's a Crowd: Ex-Lovers and Lesbian Families in 2 Girls in Love (Kelly McWilliam) * Making the Transition: Understanding the Longevity of Lesbian Relationships (Susan B. Fitzgerald) * Lesbian FLEX-ibility: Friend and/or Family Connections Among Lesbian Ex-Lovers (Jacqueline S. Weinstock) * AFTERWORD * The Migration of the Mythic Lesbian (Marny Hall) * Index

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"Very Interesting And Compelling...The stories and poems speak to great resilience, friendship, and strength among women while also addressing why some relationships should not, and cannot be mended."

EAN: 9781560232834
ISBN: 1560232838
Publisher: Haworth Press Inc
Dimensions: 21.74 x 16 x 1.73 centimetres (0.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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