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I wonder if poetry about

I wonder if poetry about lesbian love and sex is inherently feminist because it is giving voice to a marginilized narrative. I don't really think so...The Book of Salt/Gertrude Stein are perfect examples of lesbian content removed from feminism. Gertrude Stein perpetuated the gender roles that feminism works to overthrow. This makes me wonder why we read The Book of Salt and Lifting Belly in a feminist class. i feel like we're back to that issue of automatically equating a woman writer with a feminist one. We also see feminism being rejected by women, which, in and of itself is troubling, but also tells us about the ocassionally ugly history between women's movements and gay rights movements.

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