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A study of lesbian lifestyles in the homosexual micro-culture and the heterosexual macro-culture.

Author: Albro, Joyce C.; Tully, Carol
Author Background: Virginia Commonwealth U, School of Social Work, Richmond, VA, US
Date 1997
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Lesbian-Studies
Volume/Pages Vol 1(1): 55-68
Subject Matter Women, Demographic Characteristics; Heterosexuality; Lesbianism; Social Environment; Subculture Anthropological
Abstract (This reprinted article originally appeared in Journal of Homosexuality, 1979, Vol 4(4), 331-344. The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 1980-30281-001.) Surveyed 91 lesbians to determine how homosexual women function within the heterosexual macroculture and the homosexual microculture. Ss tended to be young, White, urban, and well-educated professionals. By exploring 4 major categories (demographics, lesbian lifestyles/homosexual culture, social relationships, and participation in the heterosexual culture) it was found that Ss felt isolated from the heterosexual macroculture and turned to the homosexual microculture for friends, emotional support, and social interaction. It was also discovered that while lesbians do feel isolated from the majority of society, they function productively in a dual role within their general environment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)