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A History Of Lesbianism

This song is by Judy Grahn and appears on the compilation Lesbian Concentrate (1977).

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How they came into the world, the women-loving-women came in three by three and four by four. The women-loving-women came in ten by ten, and ten by ten again, until there were more than you could count. They took care of each other, the best they knew how, and of each other's children if they had any.

How they lived in the world, the women-loving-women learned as much as they were allowed, and walked and wore their clothes the way they liked whenever they could. They did whatever they knew to be happy or free, and worked and worked and worked. The women-loved-women in America were called dykes, and some liked it, and some did not. They made love to each other the best they knew how, and for the best reasons.

How they went out of the world, the women-loving-women went out one by one, having withstood greater and lesser trials, and much hatred from other people, they went out one by one, each having tried in her own way to overthrow the rule of men over women, they tried it one by one, and hundred by hundred, until each came in her own way to the end of her life and died.

The subject of lesbianism is very ordinary; it's the question of male domination that makes everybody angry.

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