Essa y .................... Night Heron Press and Lesbian Print Culture in North Carolina, 1976–1983 by Julie R. Enszer During the 1970s and 1980s, lesbian- feminist books, shorter chapbooks, journals, periodicals, newspapers, posters, and broadsides were distributed across the United States through social networks, community organizations, and businesses. The intent, as founders Harriet Desmoines and Catherine Nicholson expressed for their journal Sinister Wisdom , was to challenge public consciousness and create materials for a lesbian-f eminist revolution. Catherine Nicholson (left) and Harriet Desmoines. Photograph © by Lynda Koolish, used with permission. Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University. 43 n the inaugural 1976 issue of the journal Sinister Wisdom, founders Harriet Desmoines and Catherine Nicholson wrote, “ We’re les- bians living in the South. We’re white; sometimes unemployed, sometimes working par t t- ime. We’re a generation apart.” Based I in Charlotte, North Carolina, the women pledged “political action” to “think . . . keenly and imaginatively” about how to develop l esbian- feminist consciousness and emphasized that they were “using the remnants of our class and race privilege to construct a force that we hope will ult -imately de stroy privilege.” Many lesbian- f eminists around
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
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