Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence – Adrienne Rich

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“Women have married because it was necessary, in order to survive economically, in order to have children who would not suffer economic deprivation or social ostracism, in order to remain respectable, in order to do what was expected of women because coming out of “abnormal” childhoods they wanted to feel “normal,” and because heterosexual romance has been represented as the great female adventure, duty, and fulfillment. We may faithfully or ambivalently have obeyed the institution, but our feelings – and our sensuality – have not been tamed
or contained within it.”
― Adrienne RichCompulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence

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