UnStraightening Lesbian: Removing the Heterosexual Lens: Sheila Jeffreys

Next up in our unSTRAIGHTening Lesbian series is Radical (political lesbian Het) Feminist Sheila Jeffreys.
Jeffreys was born/raised in England and later moved to Australia taking up a professorship at the University of Melbourne. Jeffreys is known as much for her criticism of heterogeneous lesbians  as she is for her criticism of Transgender ideology. Her friend and RadFem compatriot Julie Bindel said this of Sheila:
 Jeffreys' introduction to feminist campaigning began in the early 70s when she joined a socialist feminist group (she was later thrown out for suggesting men were to blame for the oppression of women). Sandra McNeill, who met Jeffreys in that group, remembers her as "the Andrea Dworkin of the UK. She was, and still is, seen as an extreme, man-hating feminist". Dworkin, as it happens, lived with a man, whom in 1998 she married.

Not Jeffreys. She became a lesbian in 1973 because she felt it contradictory to give "her most precious energies to a man" when she was thoroughly committed to a women's revolution. Six years later, she went further and wrote, with others, a pamphlet entitled Love Your Enemy? The Debate Between Heterosexual Feminism And Political Lesbianism. In it, feminists who sleep with men are described as collaborating with the enemy. It caused a huge ruction in the women's movement, and is still cited as an example of early separatists "going way too far".
"We do think," it said, "that all feminists can and should be lesbians. Our definition of a political lesbian is a woman-identified woman who does not fuck men. It does not mean compulsory sexual activity with women." Although many of the more radical feminists agreed, most went wild at being told they were "counter-revolutionary".
These few quotes from sweet little Sheila alone, are more than enough proof of Jeffreys' Heterosexuality and her calculating Hetero privileged co-option of Lesbian for her own selfish purposes, we really do not need to write anything further. BUT due to Jeffreys making a long career out of Hetsplaining Lesbian and dressing/strapping actual Lesbians in STRAIGHTBIAN frocks, we are!

In the Spinster and her Enemies Jeffreys looks back on early male sexologists like Havelock Ellis to devise how/why early suffragettes/feminists were scared away from girl on girl relationships:
Interestingly, while Ellis fails to truly define real Lesbians (biological), he comes closer to understanding us than Jeffreys EVER has or will. That point aside, Jeffreys like Adrienne Rich or Radfems in general, Homophobically fear/ed being seen as real Lesbians (ugly/mannish per Het norms). Jeffreys/Radfems fears were/are so great as to stop them in their tracks (according to Jeffreys) from BECOMING lesbians!
Jeffreys continues, but extends her Homophobia by dragging in Radclyffe Hall's novel the Well of Loneliness. Jeffreys cannot see past her own Heterosexuality to realize that Radclyffe and her novel's characters were also Heterosexuals PLAYING at their Hetero notions of Lesbian. Jeffreys obsessive hatred of Butch/Femme shows itself through this passage. Jeffreys ignorantly attributes Hall's warped STRAIGHTBIAN ideas about Butch/Femme as proof of her own STRAIGHTBIAN notions of Butch/Femme. In a nutshell, the STRAIGHT leading the STRAIGHT about STRAIGHTS pretending to be Lesbian.

In Unpacking Queer Politics Jeffreys begins:
Like many RadFems, Jeffreys hatred of men isnt limited to Het males, she equally despises Gay men and blames her Heterocentric ideas of "lesbian" masculinity/masculine worship for early "lesbian" transitions. One only has to read where Jeffreys got her information from (Halberstam/Devor etc) to understand where Jeffreys fucked up. If you are going to write about Lesbians in ANY capacity, in order to obtain accurate information, you just might want to get your information from actual Lesbians and not STRAIGHTBIANS.
Jeffreys continues her Homophobia by citing more Radfem garbage from one of the BIGGEST Homophobes and known STRAIGHTBIANS-Adrienne Rich!
Again, Jeffreys criticises lesbian role playing by citing the likes of mentally fucked up Heterosexual Women (STRAIGHTBIANS) like Joan Nestle/Sally Munt/Leslea Newman/Judith Halberstam. 
Jeffreys again uses faulty info from warped STRAIGHTBIANS, its well known at this point that the "lesbian sex wars" were fought by hypersexual STRAIGHTBIANS on one side and prudish STRAIGHTBIANS (like Jeffreys) on the other, actual Lesbians were NEVER involved! MOST interesting though is Jeffreys ("lesbians who criticized") admits to being turned on by what SHE calls dominance/submission/sado-society! Jeffreys merely convinces herself that she is better than the Califia's and Nestle's because she fights her NATURAL Hetero/sexual urges! Honey, Lesbians dont have urges to be fucked by men regardless of who's on top!
Jeffreys then cites pro-pedophile STRAIGHTBIAN faghags Gayle Rubin and Pat Califia
to cast more aspersions on Gay men leading poor little "lesbians" astray! Sorry Sheila, you would have to be either a complete fucking idiot or STRAIGHT (or both) to know neither of these warped freaks are Lesbians.
Well Sheila you got one thing right in your Julia Penelope description(STRAIGHTBIAN), she is from the US!

From Lesbian Heresy Jeffreys continues her warped Homophobic diatribe of STRAIGHTBIAN ROLE PLAYING, or as she deems it "butch/femme":
Yes Sheila, Lesbians actually agree these STRAIGHTBIANS are sick mother fuckers, but what they arent, are fucking LESBIANS!
Sheila just about gets it, yes sexual abuse informs warped Hetero/sexual role playing...among STRAIGHTBIANS! Sheila fails over and over to get that these women are not Lesbians, but Heterosexuals JUST LIKE SHEILA!
Sheila, Carolyn Stack? Really??? Straight therapist giving advice to STRAIGHTBIAN couples about STRAIGHTBIAN sex/lack thereof has fuck all to do with Lesbians again, how???

Sheila? You're striking out yet again, Margaret Nicholls and Joann Loulan might be therapists, they are not Lesbians!

Despite having much to say about Homosexuals, Jeffreys fails miserably to write with any accuracy about Lesbians, Gay men or Homosexuality period and the same is true of much her ideas on Transgenders:
Sorry Shelia, as a Butch Lesbian who has spent more than a decade documenting female transition (Who is Transitioning), I have yet to find a single Butch Lesbian who has transitioned. While I'm sure there might be some, they are VERY VERY rare. You Sheila again confuse sexually abused STRAIGHTBIANS playing at being male who transition, NOT Lesbian and most certainly NOT Butch!
Identified being the operative word Sheila! They werent proud Lesbians Sheila, they werent Lesbians at all, hence identifying as gay men early in their transition. You might Sheila, want to familiarize yourself with cross sex hormones and their effects on Hetero/Homo brains.
Holly Devor Sheila is a Heterosexual female who transitioned, NOT a Lesbian and therefore NOT a reliable source for Lesbian accuracy.

Because Sheila has no actual knowledge of real Lesbians, she likes to recycle STRAIGHTBIANS she believes are fucked up sicko Lesbians in effort to give heft to her hatred of STRAIGHTBIANS who are not like her/Radfems.
Sheila fails to make the connection that CHOOSING to be a Lesbian or CHOOSING to be a Femme amount to the very same thing, BULLSHIT!
Sheila, clearly Sally here isnt even a fucking Dyke, yet here you are taking her word as Butch Lesbian truth. Why? Not because there isnt any truth in what she states (there isnt) BUT because she states what YOU want to hear! Thats not very good investigative writing Sheila, a fucking 3rd grader would do a better job!
Heather Findlay isnt a Lesbian Sheila, therefore she cannot be a Femme Lesbian! Those responsible for male and female transitions are Homophobes like you Sheila and ALL the Radical Feminists who backed pedophiles like John Money simply because you IGNORANTLY dreamed/hoped gender was/is a mere construct despite evidence to the contrary! Instead of tackling sex based inequalities head on, Radical Feminists passively blamed gender for all Heterosexual female ills! Through the gender loophole left by Radical Feminists, trans males have jump roped through, signaling the Identity Politics plaguing us today.

Sheila Jeffreys being a STRAIGHTBIAN herself, willfully took at face value the word of all STRAIGHTBIANS without a care as to how these Lesbian inaccuracies affected Lesbians then or now. Jeffreys preached that gender was at the root of all inequality, opening female bathrooms/sports everywhere for grown men to step. Sheila succeeded in helping de-sex gender, and in doing so males yet again have beat Het women at their own game. Thats not Patriarchy Sheila, thats biology.

Dirt and Mrs Dirt


  1. Your politics are all over the map. You sputter with rage. You makes assumptions about Dworkin, Jeffreys, Bindel et al. yet never make clear where YOU actually stand. Why do you assume those women are straight? What gives YOU the right to identify and then cast aspersions on another woman's sexuality?

  2. If I may ask, why was Hall a straightbian too? I haven't read the novel, nor do I plan to


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