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Introduction (1999)

A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home (1999)

Sexuality and the State: The Defeat of the Briggs Initiative and Beyond

An Interview with Amber Hollibaugh

Socialist Review, May/June 1979

What We're Rollin' Around in Bed With: Sexual Silences in Feminism-a conversation toward ending them

Amber Hollibaugh and Cherrie Moraga Heresies Magazine, 1979/1980
Desire for the Future: Radical Hope in Passion and Danger
from Pleasure and Danger, edited by Carole Vance (Routledge Press, 1993)


The Right to Rebel
Gay Left Journal #9 (1979)
Talking Sex: A Conversation on Sexuality and Feminism
With Deirdre English, Amber Hollibaugh, and Gayle Rubin
Socialist Review, 1978
Opposite Sex: Lesbians and Gay Men Talk About Each Others' Sexuality
An Interview with Amber Hollibaugh, Jewelle Gomez, and Gayle Rubin
(Sara Miles and Eric Rofes, ed., 1998)
Femme Fables Columns
New York Native, 1983/1984

The Gap She Fostered

A Barren Expanse of Loneliness

Intimate Signs of War
Sympathy of the Blood
The Village Voice, June 1984
Strategies for Freedom
The Nation, May 1993
Sex Work Notes: Some Tensions of a Former Whore and a Practicing Feminist (1999)

Lesbianism is not a Condom
LAP Notes, 1992
Transmission, Transmission, Where's the Transmission?
Sojourner Newspaper, June 1994
Lesbian Denial and Lesbian Leadership in the AIDS Epidemic: Bravery and Fear in the Construction of a Lesbian Geography of Risk
from Feminist Empowerment in the Age of AIDS, Nancy Stoller and Beth Schneider, editors (Temple University Press, 1996)
Sexuality, Labor, and the New Trade Unionism: A Conversation with Amber Hollibaugh and Nikhil Pal Singh
Out at Work (1999
A Grande Dame: The Femme Interview
An Interview with Amber Hollibaugh
Fem(me) Anthology (1999)
My Dangerous Desires: Falling in Love with Stone Butches, Passing Women, and Girls (Who are Guys) Who Catch My Eye (1999)

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Writings of a pioneering femme lesbian sex radical

About the Author

Amber Hollibaugh has been a political activist for over thirty years. The documentary film she coproduced and directed, The Heart of the Matter, won the Freedom of Expression award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. Among her health education work, she founded and directed the Lesbian AIDS Project at Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York, for which she won the Dr. Susan M. Love Award for Achievement in Women's Health. She has written for, among others, The Nation, Socialist Review, NY Native, and the Village Voice. My Dangerous Desires is her first book.

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Political organizer, femme lesbian, filmmaker, journalist, and former prostitute Hollibaugh presents her writings from the past 20 years, including essays, interviews, and transcripts of conversations with other lesbian writers, such as Jewelle Gomez and Cherr!e Moraga. She offers a brief introduction to her impoverished and violent childhood in rural California and her theories on lesbian sexuality, pornography, sex work, feminism, and labor while providing glimpses of how the feminist and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) movements changed over this period. Throughout, Hollibaugh is concerned with the relationships among class, sexuality, gender, and race. Though the engaging essays are chronological, it is difficult to trace the path of Hollibaugh's life, but one's desire to know more only reveals how fascinating a life Hollibaugh has led. Recommended for all libraries with gay and lesbian studies collections.DDebra Moore, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"[a] stunning collection of essays ...This provocative, challenging collection could become a feminist classic."--Publishers Weekly "I welcome you to my friend's essays, to the unique sharp-eyed glance of a woman who had to fight to be able to say, 'I want.' In Amber's life, desire has been made sacred. Whether she is writing about the female body, the femme psyche, or the fearful need to admit desire itself, Amber has vindicated all our lives." - Dorothy Allison, from the Foreword "So for many years I led a double life: working as a Left political organizer, filmmaker, and writer during the day while supporting myself as a Vegas stripper and, as a young woman, earning a living through prostitution. As a dyke in the Left before Stonewall and a high femme lesbian during the growth of lesbian feminism, my erotic yearnings were often in direct opposition to the very political movements I was committed to creating." - Amber Hollibaugh "Amber Hollibaugh is a brilliant activist intellectual from trailer park America.Her particular queer working-class life has taught her the skills, risks and pleasures of radically changing society - and social movements - from their despised edges. We're lucky she hasn't kept this dangerous knowledge a secret. For years her written and spoken words have made history. Now we have them all in a book that belongs in the toolbox of every working person. Pick it up and put it to work." - Allan Berube

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