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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

It's OK When We Talk About It

We all thought Lynne Cheney was criticizing John Kerry for pointing out in the third Presidential debate that she raised a lesbian daughter. Actually, perhaps she's just miffed he was so brief and non-descriptive in his kind words about the love that dare not speak its name.

Kerry simply asserted that he doesn't think homosexuality is a choice. Cheney, on the other hand, went on ad naseum (and I do mean "naseum") in her 1981 ground-breaking masterpiece, "Sisters," whose cover proclaims: "The novel of a strong and beautiful woman who broke all the rules of the American frontier." Cheney wrote out her belief that lesbo sex was called for in "a world where women were treated either as decorative figurines or as abject sexual vassals...where wives were led to despise the marriage act and prostitutes pandered to husbands' hungers...where the relationship between women and men became a kind of guerrilla warfare in which women were forced to band together for the strength they needed and at times for the love they wanted."

One particularly inspiring passage:

"The women who embraced in the wagon were Adam and Eve crossing a dark cathedral stage — no, Eve and Eve, loving one another as they would not be able to once they ate of the fruit and knew themselves as they truly were. She felt curiously moved, curiously envious of them. She had never to this moment thought Eden a particularly attractive paradise, based as it was on naiveté, but she saw that the women in the cart had a passionate, loving intimacy forever closed to her. How strong it made them. What comfort it gave."

Want to see more? Visit (and, yes, this is the correct address): http://www.whitehouse.org/administration/sisters.asp

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