At the same time [as men were being imprisoned for homosexuality], women were increasingly caught up in the psychiatric system, and women who desired other women were diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia which was the same thing the authorities would use for political dissidents. So in a way, women who desired other women became sexual dissidents, and they were committed to psychiatric institutions and given all sorts of cures. For instance, electroshock therapy or sometimes even putting them into a diabetic coma with the hope that when they came out they would stop desiring other women.
Interestingly enough, if they couldn’t cure a woman of her desire for other women they would actually just change the gender assignment on her papers, so they would allow her, allow him to now have a transgender identity, and you would change your documents from female to male, which allowed you to do all sorts of things. It allowed you to go get a job and get a man’s pay scale, you could wear men’s uniforms to work, you could marry your girlfriend, you could also go to a couple of hospitals later on in the regime from the 1970s and 1980s forward, there were a few hospitals that would even perform certain surgical procedures to help your body look more like a man’s.
So while men were caught up in the law, women were caught up in a psychiatric cure that also served a chilling and terrorising effect on those populations because of course you never knew when that could happen to you, if your relatives would commit you, if the police would use that to blackmail you. And it was used in a very similar way, although it was a very different idea, of men having sex with men as a crime, and that to be punished, and women having sex with women as a form of psychiatric illness that had to be cured.”
|—||Laurie Essig, on Russia’s treatment of same-sex attracted women in the mid-20th century. From Rear Vision, 1 December 2013. (via secretlesbians)|
You know what needs more lesbians?
Absolutely everything. I can not think of a single thing that would not benefit from the addition of lesbians.
|—|| And “bitch” is attacking women for their right to call you out on it (via moonstompingewok)
"This is why you can’t trust women! They’re so good at makeup and wear it to fool guys into thinking they’re hot!"
shit. girls he’s on to us *washes off makeup to reveal lizard face and climbs up a wall* we will return with a new disguise. soon the power of earthly men will fall
|—|| Charles Bukowski, Somebody (via withmyheartwideopen)
and now it’s time to play How Many Clementines Can I Eat At One Time
i like girls who look like they kill people for a living