Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement
An On-line Archival Collection
Special Collections Library, Duke University
PRESENT -- Mickey, Peachy, Linda Regnier, Carola Biss., Lorraine, Martha, C.C., Marcia Still, Jeanna Alvens, Sarah, Sandy, Sally, Carolyn Bell, Mariana, Diana.
Intro and why folks came:
Sandy -- feels she has personal politics -- wants to understand how larger social issues affect her.
C.C. -- been into non-violent revolution -- individualistic in nature (tax-resistance) been aware of other half of the movement. Needs to understand the other sector of the revolution.
Carola Bissell -- doesn't want to veg out -- politics becoming a reality in my life. Living what I believe in politically -- a lot that I believe in is changing.
Marianna -- been a long time since I've dealt on a verbal political level -- separated from body and mind -- came to listen a lot.
Diana -- attracted to "political" -- negative experience for me. People are always talking. I don't usually talk. I've been isolating myself. Anger at the society that I keep inside.
Jeanna -- interested in a specific -- politics not developed. Forces that oppress us all as lesbians -- not general theories.
Marcia -- been in radical groups before -- don't feel active -- Talk about what we can do as lesbians and as women. Deal with current theories of political org.
Sarah -- interested in evolving feminist phil. Politics central to that. Discuss political philosophy of women in general. Want to move. Deal with radical political action like Alfa.
Sally -- further an understanding of socialism that is necessary in society. My existence as a woman and as a lesbian. Social issues and actions are vital to me.
Linda -- discussing lesbian philosophy in the Y. S. -- develop an outlet for that. -- Be a part of a group to develop that. Make changes.
Martha -- haven't had a long serious political discussion in 2 years. The left function is totally irrevelant -- out of touch with the real world. Have serious political discussion to see if it gets me out of touch. Wouldn't want to lose touch with reality.
Lorraine -- haven't been that involved in action since Alfa. The way I could be most useful. I'm a lesbian and a woman. My enemy is racism, cap., sexism in relation to each other -- we can't be separate. Lesbian separatism is not the answer. Disconnected from other opressed groups. We must have anti-cap., anti-racist attitudes. Relating to the issues.
Mickey -- for 3 years -- been involved in the left. A particular kind of feminism -- out of touch.
Peachy -- coming from same background as Mickey. Needs to have political/ radical discussions that will work towards action and revolutionary social change. Don't think women or all opressed people can be free under capitalism.
More Discussion on what course to take:
Lorraine -- talk before we can take action or have programs.
Sally -- work out an understanding first.
Mickey -- shouldn't (pullerize?) -- we're not together yet.
Discussion on whether common readings could bring about a focus for common understanding.
Feminist perspective? Could we pick specific questions to discuss?
Things to read: Quest, Marx, C.W.L.Y. (Socialist Feminist Paper), Juliett Mitchell (Women, the Longest Revolution)
How can we function as a cohesive unit? White, middle-class women -- how do we affect our sisters? Educate ourselves on race + class -- or do we need tokens? Would action groups be less alienating? How to reach women? We need common agreement on what we should do? Do folks feel that we should read [euz] we want to or because we think we ought to.
Readings: What do we do with reading and how do we apply it?
Suggestion for next meeting: Write down a list of things that we feel oppress us as women.
Are we part of Alfa? -- (what is this groups relationship to Alfa?)
After the meeting: some points by 7 lesbians after the meeting ended. More discussion of a political/open group of lesbians ("COMRADES") specifically action-oriented. Pointed out how we feel more relaxed (nonverbal-behavior): we're all sitting closer, meeting structure somewhat ended -- enthusiasm and conversation spontaneous.)
Lesbian commandos' ideas expressed:
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