[Vwoolf] Was she or wasn't she?

Diana Swanson dswanson at niu.edu
Wed Aug 19 13:43:11 EDT 2015

I agree. Double standards abound in this area of scholarship and of life!


From: Vwoolf <vwoolf-bounces+dswanson=niu.edu at lists.osu.edu> on behalf of Sarah M. Hall <smhall123 at yahoo.co.uk>
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A propos of nothing, I have just found these words in a book I'm editing for Edinburgh University Press called Women and the Gothic. I am inclined to agree with Ardel Haefele-Thomas, and it frees us from a lot of prurient investigations.

Of course, one's sexual orientation does not necessarily need to hinge on the fact of sex. Many queer theorists have fallen into the trap of needing to 'prove' that someone had sexual encounters to be queer. We certainly do not ask that heterosexual identity be validated in the same way.

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