From the U of M's website:
Rubin's pedo inspired, porn filled pedantics prove problematic for lesbians on a multitude of fronts beginning in the late 1960's when Rubin got her first whiff of feminism. Rubin quickly became an active feminist member on the U of M campus, including in 1970 when she helped to found a Radical Lesbian Feminist group. This marked the starting point for Rubin's long career in defiling Lesbian for her own warped hetero privileged sexual self interests.
But it wasnt until 1975 when Rubin's essay The Traffic in Women: Notes on the 'Political Economy' of Sex did Rubin garner herself a larger (radical feminist) academic audience and where Rubin (like many heterosexual Radical Feminists) divided sex and gender in pedestrian effort to distinguish the unequal power structures between men and women. And whereby personally helped to usher in Identity Politics (robbing females of being female) with the twisted idea that by placing gender over sex believed(s) that if gender were king, there would be no kings!
I have benefited immensely from innumerable conversations about sex, politics, and s/M with Pat Califia." Together they started Samois-a
Rubin and Califia outline clearly here that neither believe in Lesbianism beyond some kind of (consensual?) sexual violence that involves two or more females. In doing so they (with hetero privilege) attached their personal sexual depravities to Lesbian as the Lesbian Community (in their minds) consisted of an oppressed sexual minority. Neither women, nor women who joined their small group, could see past their own perverted pathology to see Lesbian was neither a lifestyle nor a preference, but simply a birth right uninformed by child sexual abuse or the fear of challenging male authority figures."...that S/M must be consensual, mutual, and safe. S/M can exist as part of a healthy and positive lifestyle. We believe that sadomasochists are an oppressed sexual minority. Our struggle deserves the recognition and support of other sexual minorities and oppressed groups. We believe that S/M can and should be consistent with the principles of feminism. As feminists, we oppose all forms of social hierarchy based on gender. As radical perverts, we oppose all social hierarchies based on sexual preference. (Samois, 1979, p.2)"
If effort to further ugly/muddy Lesbian, Rubin involved herself with other STRAIGHTBIANS such as Amber Hollibaugh to define/document and archive various Lesbian History projects beginning as early as 1978. Rubin stoops so low in her effort to rip off Lesbian Culture/History she
Rubin documenting Lesbian History/Lesbian Lives below:
Lets check out a little of what Rubin has to say on Butch/Femme:
"I approach butch from the perspective of gender in order to discuss, clarify, and challenge some prevalent lesbian cultural assumptions about what is butch."
"These roles had two dimensions: First, they constituted a code of personal behavior, particularly in the areas of image and sexuality. Butches affected a masculine style, while fems appeared characteristically female. Butch and fem also complemented one another in an erotic system in which the butch was expected to be both the doer and the giver; the fem’s passion was the butch’s fulfillment. Second, butch-fem roles were what we call a social imperative. They were the organizing principle for this community’s relation to the outside world and for its members’ relationships to one another.'
"Among lesbian and bisexual women, as in the general population, there are individuals who strongly identify as masculine or feminine as well as individuals whose gender preferences are more flexible or fluid. Femmes identify predominantly as feminine or prefer behaviors and signals defined as feminine within the larger culture; butches identify primarily as masculine or prefer masculine signals, personal appearance, and styles."
"Many butches have partially male gender identities."
Rubin obviously never encountered an actual Butch, Femme or Butch/Femme couple. Her notions of both denote her blatant heterosexuality and the heterosexual lens with which she filters ALL lesbians through."The erotic dynamics of butch-butch sex sometimes resemble those of gay men, who have developed many patterns for sexual relations between different kinds of men. Gay men also have role models for men who are passive or subordinate in sexual encounters yet retain their masculinity. Many butch-butch couples think of themselves as women doing male homosexual sex with one another. There are “catamites” who are the submissive or passive partners of active “sodomites.” There are “daddies” and “daddy’s boys.” There are bodybuilders who worship one another’s musculature and lick each other’s sweat. There are leather dudes who cruise together for “victims” to pleasure."
Rubin on the Lesbian Community at Large:
Rubin on Lesbians and Trans Females:"Despite theoretically embracing diversity, contemporary lesbian culture has a deep streak of xenophobia. When confronted with phenomena that do not neatly fit
ourcategories, lesbians have been known to respond with hysteria, bigotry, and a desire to stamp out the offending messy realities. A “country club syndrome” sometimes prevails in which the lesbian community is treated as an exclusive enclave from which the riffraff must be systematically expunged. Everyone has a right to emotional responses. But it is imperative to distinguish between emotions and principles."
Rubin on Lesbians and sex with children:"A sex change is a transition. A woman does not immediately become physically male as soon as she begins to take hormones. During the initial states of changing sex, many ftMs will not be ready to leave the world of women. There is no good reason to harass them through a transitional period during which they will not quite fit as women or men. Most ftMs who undergo sex reassignment identify as men and are anxious to live as men as soon as possible. They will leave lesbian contexts on their own, when they can, when they are ready, and when those environments are no longer comfortable. It is not necessary for gender vigilantes to drive them out. Some ftMs will experiment with sex change and elect to abandon the effort. They should not be deprived of their lesbian credentials for having explored the option."
And what lesbians would that be Rubin?"Recently NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association, has had the dubious honor of becoming the first gay-civil-rights organization directly attacked by the government in the current wave of repression against dissenting sexuality. Sadly, this community has been treated by the Left and the women’s movement in much the same way that homosexuals were treated by so-called progressives in the 1950s. The gay movement has been repeatedly baited on this issue. When homosexuals are all accused of being “child molesters,” it is legitimate to deny that all, or even a large percentage of, gay people engage in cross-generational sex. But it is crucial to add that not all adults who do have sex with minors are harming them. All too often, homosexuals have defended themselves against the accusation of child stealing by joining with the general condemnation of all adult-youth sex and by perpetuating the myths about it. Many lesbians have been doubly baited, disassociating themselves from the practice but accepting stereotypes not only that all lovers of youth are rapists, but also that gay men tend to be lovers of youth."
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