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Pointblank Times, January 1978 - February 1978 - Page 16. January 1978 - February 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 28, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4005/show/3987.

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Title Pointblank Times, January 1978 - February 1978
Date January 1978 - February 1978
Description Vol. 4 No. 1
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  • Lesbianism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript IWY CONFERENCE a woman's reaction There is a story that right before Gertrude Stein died, she looked around and said, "Well, what is the answer?" When no one answered, she said, "Well then, what is the question?" I don't know exactly how to describe my politics. The closest I can come is to call myself a commie-jew-dyke-anarchist-witch and hope that builds bridges between me and other folks. For me and those women with whom I felt the closest political affinity at IWY, Houston was a confusing political phenomenon. At one point, even before the actual conference plenaries had started, it got so confusing that I broke down and cried and lapsed into temporary catatonia. I wanted to UNDERSTAND and dammit, there was just too much going on to be able to do that in one dose. I see our lesbian victory at Houston as very significant. For the first time, a diverse coalition of women, not all of whom define themselves as women's liberationists, resoundingly affirmed the rights of lesbians and recognized it as a feminist issue. Take several giant steps out of the closet; roll back the sheets of invisibility that have covered us in society and the women's movement. But I keep seeing this victory against the backdrop of the conference. The rigid format of parliamentary procedure to ape two-party politics. There we were, all these women, going to pass resolutions with no enforcement power. Then to Jimmy Carter, then to the boys in Congress. Our very real raw power as women committed to change diluted as the IWY process wended its way to Washington. A clear attempt to co-opt and control the power of an independent mass women's movement. All the talk about it being the first national women's conference. It may have been the first federally funded one, but women and women's organizations have put together many conferences in the last decade. With so many speakers being First Ladies and elected officials, there was a heavy emphasis on electoral politics and the legislative process as the road to social change. Time magazine laid it out: You don't have to be radical to be a feminist — in fact, it's better if you're not! I heard a delegate say on tv, "Once you've learned the rules, you want to play them." I would have said, "Once you've learned the rules, you realize they're no good and you want to change them and the name of the game." Lesbian/feminist politics and left politics are not the same. I identify with both and would like to be able to draw them together, but that cohesion exists only in bits and pieces. So I move back and forth and in between them as I talk and write and try to understand. How do you relate to a conference where many issues are "our" issues and where at some points it seems like radical feminism is running rampant, but where in your gut you know it's not your scene? continued on page 17 16 Pointblank Times