Invisible Women: Lesbian Working-class Culture in France, 1880–1930

Francesca CanadÉ Sautman

in Homosexuality in Modern France

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780195093032
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854493 | DOI:

Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality

Invisible Women: Lesbian Working-class Culture in France, 1880–1930

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This chapter examines the history of lesbian working class culture in France during the period from 1880 to 1930. It aims to make visible those women who had every reason to ensure survival by making themselves invisible and to speak of, but not for, the voices that have been traditionally ignored, silenced, or distorted from all sides because they were at the same time the voices of women, lesbians, and working-class people. This period illuminates the intersection of gender and class in relation to sexual dissidence because of broad developments that tie the experiences and perceptions of women and the working class together.

Keywords: lesbians; working class; France; gender; class; sexual dissidence

Chapter.  11605 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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