On Becoming A Woman, 1958

“The violent crush which almost every teen-age girl experiences toward some older woman is usually not worth worrying about. If the crush translates itself into a desire for physical contact with a member of the same sex, it is time to ask guidance from a physician, minister, or trained counselor… You may be approached by a respected person in the community, someone you trust and love- and the discovery that such a person can be homosexual is a tremendous shock….Best solution in such a case is to avoid any chance of being alone with the person…”

Page 52, On Becoming A Woman, Mary McGee Williams and Irene Kane, 1958




What Men Don’t Like About Women (1945)

What Men Don’t Like About Women by Thomas D. Horton, 1945.

This book really has nothing to do with lesbianism…except maybe to illuminate why women became lesbian-feminists in the 1970s.

I have no words for this book.  It is simply indescribable.  It contains not a hint of irony.  I urge you to find a copy and enjoy it.  To whet your curiosity, here are two short excerpts:

“In the entire history of the world no woman has been a good literary critic…If she has ever uttered a single original thought, a brief investigation will reveal that she borrowed it from a man.”  (page 98)

“2. Their discourtesy. There are few things in this world that offend a man more than to be directed in the sex act by his woman.  It is pretty near the ultimate humiliation, beyond forgiving and forgetting.  Nature demands that the male be dominant in bed if nowhere else.  The trials and tribulations of life, for a man, are numerous and harrowing enough, for him to be spared the final blow by the bossiness of his beloved during the embrace.  Some women think it is modern, sophisticated, and healthy for them to tell their men what to do and how to do it.  The truth is that it is degrading, that it sets up a terrific inferiority complex in the man, and that the upshot is marital misery or- divorce.” (page 138)