Graduate Colloquium Series: Hillary Anderson

“‘I identify with fighters’: The South and Southern Identity in Lesbian Feminist Activism in the 1970s”

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Hillary Anderson
Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, 2017-2018 Glasscock Graduate Research Fellow, Texas A&M University

Abstract
Anderson argues that Southern lesbian feminism’s development made the South a new site for political agitation among self-identified lesbians, and it proved the importance of Southernness – Southern identity – in lesbian feminist praxis.  Southern culture shaped and tied together social constructions of race, gender, and sexuality, which caused Southern lesbian feminists to adopt a political philosophy that uniquely combined elements of Black Power, radical feminism, and gay liberation, seeking to end multiple oppressions by transforming society.  Manifestation of Southern identity in their activism is evident in the cultural production of Southern lesbian feminists, particularly, but not limited to music.  They used cultural production to transform society based on their vision of an inclusive movement to liberate all people marginalized because of their identities.

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