Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement
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DAR II (Dyke for the Second American Revolution)
Minutes from November 24, 1974
(Page images are also available)
Dar II -- 11/24/74 -- 2nd MEETING
PRESENT -- Mickey, Martha, Marcia, Carolyn Bell, Sarah, Peachy, Lorraine,
Sally, Jeanna, (NOT SURE WHO ELSE) Virginia, Barbara.
Short summary of the last meeting.
Things that Opress us as Women:
men, gay men -- not all men at all time -- some dissension over that.
sexism (sexist society -- cultural)
homophobia (fear of queers)
dominant Am. ethic: what's right and wrong, normal, abnormal (Prof ethic,
but more than that)
family -- nuclear, patriarchal structure
media -- T.V., radio, mag. newspapers etc.
capitalism (as it exists in Y.S.A.)
medical science (psychology)
Education -- sexism throughout this institution and other inst.
These inst. also maintain the class structure in this society, racism
Martha -- sees her job as oppressive -- no say-so pressure to get
to work etc.
Peachy -- no man or family to support me -- have to financially support
myself. See this as reality. Every day -- why do folks have to
work in the first place. I work to get $ to eat, pay bills. Who
benefits from my labor? Not me.
N. -- The male left -- doesn't want queers, no women except in low
Lorraine -- are we a political, oppressed group/or just lesbians (are
don't isolate yourself
it's important to identify with other forms of oppression (race + class)
sometimes give support above sole lesbian priority
important that lesbians stand on their own with other groups.
Are we gonna take a stand on issues?
What's our name?
Do we want to concentrate solely on lesbians or work in allegiance with other
Since Alfa deals with lesbians, does this group need to work around other
What is primary focus: support of other groups? -- (sending 1 rep. to other's
meetings, someone to join in march around issues -- expending a lot of energy
// little energy?)??
Suggestions for future:
Work on International Woman's Day Planning
Susan B. Anthony's birthday
Southeast Lesbian Conference.
Agenda for next week:
talk about actions we can focus on (if we decide to focus on action.)
* A LARGE PORTION OF THE MINUTES VERY UNCLEAR! HARD TO RECOPY --
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