Course Outline: "Womens Liberation is a Lesbian Plot

1.  April 30    Introduction -- Where we’re at as women

2.  May 7       Sexuality and Power -- Sexual repression, violence and the exercise of power, the political significance of sexual liberation – Required: Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death, Ch I, Ch III, read more if you're interested, especially Ch IX. Suggested: Shulamith Firestone, Dialectics of Sex, especially Ch I Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism , especially Ch V, and The Sexual Revolution Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization R.D. Laing, Sanity, Madness and the Family, esp. Introd. and 1 or 2 case studies Sampson, the Psychology of Power

3.  May 14      Female Sexuality and Emotions -- understanding the differences between male and female emotions and sexuality, the implications for heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Shulamith Firestone, “Love” in Notes From the Second Year, and Dialectics of Sex Sue Katz, “Sex as an Institution” Koedt, “The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm” Eberhard and Phyllis Kronhausen, The Sexually Responsive Woman

4.  May 21     Homosexual oppression -- psychological, economic, legal. fact sheets on legal and economic oppression Short stories from The Ladder, April, May 1971, p6, Aug, Sept. 1970, p 9, Feb, March, 1971, p 14. Cory, Lesbian in America Martin Hoffman, The Gay World novel to be chosen

5.  May 28     Gay Liberation -- old and new gay culture and politics, roles Gay Flames Packet Articles from other current gay papers, etc,

6.  June 4      Radical Feminism and Radical Lesbianism -- Differences, similarities, interrelationships, implications for womens movement. Articles from the Ladder, Aug, Sept, 1970, p 4; Oct, Nov, 1970; p 4 and 17; 1971, p 4 and p 29. other materials to be chosen

7.  June 11     Womens Culture -- Life styles and living arrangements, music, art, culture and organization. A Journal of Liberation, “How We Live”, selected articles. p 5, 33. issues of “Ain’t I Woman” and “It Ain’t Me Babe”