Lesbian-Feminist Aging: June Arnold’s Sister Gin (1975)



This chapter focuses on the positive representation of lesbian aging in the context of the 1970s lesbian-feminist movement. The author analyzes June Arnold’s Sister Gin (1975) as an exceptional work that disrupts the dichotomous juxtaposition of older predators versus younger victims, prominent in earlier representations. Building on Roberta Maierhofer’s approach of reading menopause as a catalyst for “becoming conscious of one’s own identity,” the chapter discusses Sister Gin’s instrumentalization of menopause as a trigger for rethinking (re-)productivity and decline. Hess subsequently examines Arnold’s use of the “aging lesbian woman” to denote a position of strength through which the narrative challenges stereotypes of older women’s asexuality, female acquiescence to invisibility, and superficial idealizations of feminist sisterhood.


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