Tales Of The Lavender Menace by Karla Jay
A Memoir Of Liberation

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Karla Jay’s memoir of an age whose tumultuous social and political movements fundamentally reshaped American culture takes readers from her early days in the 1968 Columbia University student riots to her post-college involvement in New York radical women’s groups and the New York Gay Liberation Front to Southern California in the early ’70s, where she continued in the battle for gay civil rights. We see here helping to organize the takeover of The Ladies Home Journal and “ogle-ins”—where women staked out Wall Street and whistled at the men. We follow her in the fast lane of the sexual freedom movement as she liberates sun worshippers from their bathing suits.
 

About Karla Jay

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Karla Jay has written, edited, and translated nine books, the most recent of which are "Dyke Life" and "Lesbian Erotics". "Dyke Life" won the 1996 Lambda Literary Award in the category of Lesbian Studies. She is editor of NYU Press's series, "The Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature." This is the only lesbian studies series in the world from a university press. In existence since 1992, the series now spans some 20 books of original criticism, reprints, translations and recovered archival letters and manuscripts. Dr. Jay has written for many publications, including "Ms. Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, " and" Lambda Book Report". She is Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at Pace University in New York City. She is currently at work on two books, "Ten Decades of Struggle: Gay and Lesbian Life in the United States" (Oxford UP) and "Tales of the lavender Menace" (Basic).
 
Published March 8, 1999 by Basic Books. 296 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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On the feminist front, she was part of media women’s sit-in at the Ladies Home Journal and organized an “ogle-in” on Wall Street, where a group of women whistled and commented on men’s physical attributes as the bankers and brokers emerged from the subway.

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Jay writes with wry humor and astute historical analysis in this memoir of her early days as a feminist and gay liberation activist.

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