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Tomboys and Bachelor Girls: A Lesbian History of Post-War Britain 1945-71

by Rebecca Jennings - £15.99  Manchester University Press (2013)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780719089923 | ISBN 10: 0719089921

Using a rich array of oral histories and archival sources, Tomboys and Bachelor Girls provides the first detailed academic study of lesbian identity and culture in post-war Britain. Described by psychiatrists as immature and neurotic, and widely ignored as taboo by mainstream society, lesbians nevertheless recognised and accepted their same-sex desire and sought out women like themselves.
 
Challenging the conventional picture of the post-war decades as years of austerity and conservative femininity, this book traces the emergence of a vibrant lesbian social scene in Britain, centred on the metropolitan nightclubs of post-war London, but also developing across the country, through lesbian magazines and social organisations.
 
This fascinating book brings to life the rich history of post-war lesbian culture for the scholarly and general reader alike.

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