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Breaking The Taboo Against Women Loving Women by Peggy Luhrs Since Persephone was taken from Demeter, buy phenergan in canada patriarchal society has done its best to break the bonds between women. Buy phenergan in canada Patriarchy demands that women give primacy to men. Buy phenergan in canada It implicitly and explicitly forbids woman loving, buy phenergan in canada whether this be the love of one woman for another, buy phenergan in canada for herself, buy phenergan in canada or for her sex. Buy phenergan in canada Understanding the nature, buy phenergan in canada reasons and uses of this taboo leads to an understanding of the centrality of lesbians to any movement to improve the status of women. Buy phenergan in canada I use the example of the Demeter/Persephone myth to underscore the fact that the first bond broken by patriarchy is the mother/daughter bond. Buy phenergan in canada That bond is the emotional basis for women loving women. Buy phenergan in canada All of us first learn love from our mothers, buy phenergan in canada but society has insisted that women deny this bond and give their love exclusively to men. Buy phenergan in canada Lesbians are women who have, buy phenergan in canada among other things, buy phenergan in canada broken these rules. Buy phenergan in canada In this male supremacist world, buy phenergan in canada all things female are devalued. Buy phenergan in canada This is a suicidal course for the race and, buy phenergan in canada indeed, buy phenergan in canada late patriarchy distinguishes itself by its capacity to annihilate not only the human race, buy phenergan in canada but the entire planet. Buy phenergan in canada Mother Earth is an entity perceived as female and therefore routinely subject to rape and abuse. Buy phenergan in canada This global ideology translates on the personal plane to a taboo against woman loving. Buy phenergan in canada First and foremost, buy phenergan in canada women are inculcated with a sense of self-hatred. Buy phenergan in canada Growing up in a world where things male are overvalued and things female undervalued cannot help but leave women feeling like inferior beings. If a woman somehow escapes this conditioning, buy phenergan in canada the first signs of self-assertion will surely bring her lessons in the selfishness and unacceptability of such behavior. Buy phenergan in canada Organizing with women, buy phenergan in canada as I have for the last fifteen years, buy phenergan in canada has convinced me that the most effective stumbling block to our liberation is the internalized self-hatred that comes from living in a woman-hating world. Buy phenergan in canada If we have such a hard time valuing ourselves, buy phenergan in canada how can we change society's evaluation of us? Women constantly put men first in a way men never do for women, buy phenergan in canada no matter how heterosexual they are. Buy phenergan in canada Lesbians break the taboo against women bonding and deny the imperative that a man should be the first interest of every woman. Buy phenergan in canada For this heresy, buy phenergan in canada they are severely punished by the family, buy phenergan in canada state, buy phenergan in canada church, buy phenergan in canada and the priests' heirs, buy phenergan in canada the psychiatrists. Buy phenergan in canada More subtly, buy phenergan in canada their entire existence is erased in the culture. Buy phenergan in canada They are labeled unnatural (as are spinsters) and they are said to wish to be men. Buy phenergan in canada While lesbians may wish more access to the world (which is considered male), buy phenergan in canada they prefer being women. Buy phenergan in canada We are not to love ourselves; it is selfish for a woman and self-respecting for a man. Buy phenergan in canada We are not to love our sex: that's strident for a woman and normal for a man. Buy phenergan in canada We are not to love another woman; that is unnatural, buy phenergan in canada perverse and insurrectionary. Buy phenergan in canada Men are not to love other men homosexually either, buy phenergan in canada because that is perceived as playing a female role and therefore degrading. Buy phenergan in canada Lesbianism is the strongest and most overt expression of women bonding we have. Buy phenergan in canada The repression of lesbians reflects the degree to which women in general are kept down. Buy phenergan in canada Women are socialized in heterosexuality to insure that they continue to see their work as their natural realm, buy phenergan in canada so that their unpaid work at home will be mystified. Buy phenergan in canada Lesbians contradict this conditioning and challenge the prevailing economic system's use of women. Buy phenergan in canada Women usually do the housework, buy phenergan in canada even if they work themselves, buy phenergan in canada and are expected to be emotionally supportive of men as well. Buy phenergan in canada Many conversations with women, buy phenergan in canada as well as my own experience, buy phenergan in canada convince me this kind of emotional support is rarely reciprocal. Buy phenergan in canada Lesbians offer this kind of support to each other and can enable themselves and each other to do other work. Buy phenergan in canada Defining women's role as naturally to serve men is the major reason lesbians are labeled as unnatural. Buy phenergan in canada Virginia Woolf wrote that men wish women to "reflect them back at twice their size." Lesbians refuse to do this and are disdained for their refusal. 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She then notes, buy phenergan in canada "During these same years, buy phenergan in canada male politicians, buy phenergan in canada aided by male physicians, buy phenergan in canada sex reformers and educators launched a concerted political attack condemning female friendships as lesbian and separate female institutions -- educational or political -- as breeding places for 'unnatural' sexual impulses. Buy phenergan in canada These attacks constituted an integral part of the 1920's assault on feminists and radicals." This is still going on, buy phenergan in canada in ever new and subtle forms. Buy phenergan in canada Few political strategies are as old or effective as Divide and Conquer. Buy phenergan in canada All dominant groups use it to retain power. Buy phenergan in canada In a nutshell, buy phenergan in canada this is the basis of the taboo against women bonding. 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