By Janice G Raymond
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Extra resources for A Passion for Friends: Toward a Philosophy of Female Affection
Some women have viewed with honesty the layers of hetero-relational coercion in their own lives. Nonetheless, they may choose to relate sexually, or in some primary way, with men. The word Lesbian, in this work, connotes a knowledge of and will to affirm Lesbian living. Many women do not choose to live Lesbian lives (including some lesbians). They may move in the world of female friendship, and their affinity and struggles for women may be often characterized by intense Gyn/affection. However, to use the word Lesbian in these cases is false inclusion.
Much philosophy has been devoted to analyzing the ideas of others. It is my hope to do philosophy as well. Philosophy, by definition, is a love of wisdom. All of us would choose to be lovers of wisdom if only we knew how. But wisdom is often hard to pursue. Good friends are also hard to come by. Yet if we can recognize where friendship dwells and how to sustain it, we will have acquired both wisdom and friendship. The history of philosophy is the history of men’s reflection about the scheme of things and the relations between things.
19 Such assertions confine the history of female friendship to the realm of the necrologist. On a more philosophical level, hetero-reality and hetero-relations are built on the myth of androgyny. “Thou as a woman must bond with a man” to fulfill the supposed cosmic purpose of reunifying that which was mythically separated into male and female. Arguments supporting the primacy and prevalence of hetero-relations are in some way based on a cosmic male-female polarity in which the so-called lost halves seek to be rejoined.
A Passion for Friends: Toward a Philosophy of Female Affection by Janice G Raymond