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Gul Ozyegin

Print publication date: 1937

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762349

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762349.001.0001

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Passive Resistance and Class in Lesbian Self-Making: Alev’s Story

Passive Resistance and Class in Lesbian Self-Making: Alev’s Story

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(p.93) Passive Resistance and Class in Lesbian Self-Making: Alev’s Story
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New Desires, New Selves
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Gul Ozyegin

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762349.003.0007

Alev is a lesbian and self-identified feminist in her early twenties. She employs what she calls "passive resistance" in her self-making vis-à-vis her family, who view homosexuality as an abomination: using façades such as changing female lovers names to male ones to be seen by her parents as heterosexual, while also openly engaging in intimate contact with female friends in her parents' presence to prevent her sexuality from being completely hidden. Alev's struggle to fully enact her lesbian identity is also complicated by her relationship with a young woman named Pembe, whose working-class, macho ethos at times threatens Alev's conceptualization of a discrete lesbian identity based on her own middle class ideals of egalitarianism, androgyny, and participation in lesbian social and political spaces.

Keywords:   Lesbian identity, Passive resistance, Macho ethos, Androgyny, Working class, Homosexuality

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