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Apr 6 '14
I need you more and more, and the great world grows wider, and dear ones fewer and fewer, every day that you stay away — I miss my biggest heart; my own goes wandering round, and calls for Susie — Friends are too dear to sunder, Oh they are far too few, and how soon they will go away where you and I cannot find them, don’t let us forget these things, for their remembrance now will save us many an anguish when it is too late to love them! Susie, forgive me Darling, for every word I say — my heart is full of you, none other than you is in my thoughts, yet when I seek to say to you something not for the world, words fail me. If you were here — and Oh that you were, my Susie, we need not talk at all, our eyes would whisper for us, and your hand fast in mine, we would not ask for language — I try to bring you nearer, I chase the weeks away till they are quite departed, and fancy you have come, and I am on my way through the green lane to meet you, and my heart goes scampering so, that I have much ado to bring it back again, and learn it to be patient, till that dear Susie comes.
— Emily Dickinson to Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson, her sister-in-law. 1852.

(Source: autostraddle.com)

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Apr 3 '14
If anyone should tell you that a woman cannot find satisfaction with another woman, I can be your witness to say it isn’t so. We both found our pleasure that afternoon—several times. And in being outside and not covered by a ceiling or blanket, our love seemed almost like a sacrament. And if God had wanted to send His disapproval, He could have send the rain or a stroke of lightning, but instead He sent dragonflies and sparrows.
The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber (reviewed at The Lesbrary)

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Feb 28 '14

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Feb 26 '14
It is a delight to watch Martha work [at seducing women]. Detail! The girl is past-mistress of detail and nuance. It is a fortunate thing for the few of us men left in the metropolitan area that all dykes are not as gifted and intelligent as was Mrd Vibord. She has a different appeal for every different kind of woman she sought, and she knew exactly when the laying-on-of-hands was permissible.

Thirteen Women (1932) by Tiffany Thayer, quoted in in Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Feb 9 '14
When a man predicts that San Giovanni will end up with one of the opposite sex, her lover Vally (based on salon hostess Natalie Barney) quips, very deadpan, “That would be a crime against nature, sir. I have too much respect for our friend to believe her capable of an abnormal passion.

Une Femme m’apparut (published 1904, in English titled A Woman Appeared to Me) by Renee Vivien (aka Pauline Tarn) quoted in Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Feb 7 '14
I love a woman with all the strength of my heart, and I’m sneered at, laughed at, condemned to solitude as if I’d committed a crime!” She concludes, “I may be queer, but I’m not quite mad yet.
Sylvia Stevenson’s Surplus (1924), quoted in Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Feb 5 '14
WE’RE ONLY “INVISIBLE” IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOOK FOR US.
FEMME SHARK MANIFESTO!” by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Feb 3 '14
‘When did you know?’ Sue finally demands of Maud. ‘When did you know everything, about us, about—Did you know, at the start?’

A question, in my experience, that women who fall in love with women constantly ask each other, and themselves.

Emma Donoghue, quoting and discussing Fingersmith by Sarah Waters in Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Jan 28 '14
FEMMES GODDMAN WELL KNOW HOW TO STRAP IT ON,
CHANGE THE OIL IN THE CAR, AND PUT UP SHELVES.
WE CAN DO ANY GODDAMN THING WE WANT!
THAT’S WHY WE’RE FEMME SHARKS!
FEMME IS NOT THE SAME THING AS BEING OUR MOMS
FEMMES ARE BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG WHEN WE BOTTOM
AND WE’RE HOT AS HELL WHEN WE TOP.
OUR BOTTOMING AND TOPPING ARE BOTH GIFTS TO BE MET
WITH RESPECT.
WHEN WE TAKE OUR LOVERS’ FISTS ALL THE WAY INSIDE,
ASK FOR WHAT WE WANT,
BE THE BEST DIRTY GIRL
OR MAKE OUR LOVERS SLIP,
WE’RE A FUCKING MIRACLE.
IN THE WORDS OF JILL SCOTT, “YOU GOTTA DO RIGHT BY ME,
IT’S MANDATORY, BABY.

FEMME SHARK MANIFESTO!” by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Jan 20 '14

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