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About Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 1, 1989)
Lesbian sex: not a contradiction in terms
Loularis humor was provocative and she provided
more than a little education
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oann Loulan brought over 700 women to
their feet at the climax of an arousing,
humorous, and moving two hour performance
at the Northwest Service Center. Loulan bills
her evenings with audiences as ‘ “An Evening of
Provocative Comedy and Lesbian Sex Educa
tion." Judging from the audience's response,
both have been sorely needed in this community.
Loulan discussed issues so personal that most
women have never mentioned them aloud —
much less to an audience of 700! She also
demonstrated safe sex, to the delight of the
audience, as well as the volunteer from the
She used her newly created terms, LIP, MIP,
and HIP to describe the various stages of love
relationships, beginning with the Lesbian
Insanity Period, followed by the Moving In
Period, and finishing with the Healing In
Throughout the evening she brought tears to
women’s eyes with her descriptions of the hurt
ful experiences brought on by homophobia, and
helped the audience to heal the hurt by facing
internalized oppression head-on. She told of her
new ads daily
own experience of coming out to the people at
her bus stop when she was selected to appear on
the Oprah Winfrey show. To her surprise, her
new neighbors were not only accepting of her,
but have become fast friends. She feels that
lesbians are the most invisible members of our
society, and the only way this will change is by
purposely becoming more visible. She
encouraged women to take their love to the
streets, making public affection so common
that people no longer take offense.
Her research shows that lesbian couples
experience a sharp drop in frequency of sex
after the first year (respondents were white
women from 30-45 years of age), again after the
second year, and by the end of the third year sex
has become rare. At the same time, respondents
reported they were satisfied with their sex lives.
Loulan believes this infrequency of sex is due to
internalized oppression, and that women should
enjoy fuller sex lives as a matter of course.
While 38 percent of her respondents reported
they had been sexually molested before the age
o f 18, this is the same percentage reported in the
heterosexual population, and no reason not to
enjoy lesbian sex.
Her theory that adults use their internal teen
Jane Rule slates
ward winning Canadian author, Jane
Rule will speak in Portland on Saturday,
January 28, at 7:30 pm. Rule will appear in the
Linfield College auditorium at the Good
Samaritan Complex. 2255 NW Northrup.
agers to protect their internal children was both
amusing and poignant. She encouraged women
to stop making each other wrong, to stop trying
so hard to prove ourselves right, and to just love
each other with all our faults and foibles. She
also suggested we try a little harder to meet the
other woman’s expectations (as in putting
albums back in their covers after use, and clean
ing hair out of the sink).
Loulan’s humor was, indeed, provocative
and she provided more than a little education on
the topic of lesbian sex. She attempted to
include all women of all colors, ages, and
physical abilities, and slipped only a bit in her
portrayal of Portland teenagers. Her use of the
term "neurosurgical haircuts" showed clearly
on which side of the generation gap she stands
Otherwise, her performance was flawless.
Rule is most noted for her book Desert o f the
Heart, which became the 1987 hit movie Desert
Hearts. The author of many well loved novels,
she has received many literary awards and has
contributed to many journals, including
Redbook. San Francisco Review, Housewife,
and Queen s Quarterly.
Appearing at the request of the Westside
Organization of Women and Linfield College,
Rule’s appearance is a benefit for the Lesbian
Tickets for the program are available at A
Woman’s Place Bookstore and Catbird Seat
Books. S 10.00 donation.
Writer gets residency
College and sponsored by the owner of Walden
andra de Helen has received the Walden
Sandra received the award based on a chapter
Farm writer’s residency award for 1989.
from her novel, a story of a young girl growing
She will spend six weeks in a cabin on Walden up in the midwest in the 50s, whose spirit
Farm in southern Oregon beginning January 15
triumphs in spite of her brushes with the darker
to complete a rough draft of her current novel.
side o f life.
The program is administered through the North
Judges for the award were Elizabeth Udall,
west Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark
Dean Eng, and Norman Rush.
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