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From the Closet to the Courts

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From the Closet to the Courts, Ruth Simpson. Penguin, 1977. 

Vintage paperback. Some creasing to cover. No markings inside. Some rubbing and age toning to back cover. Good condition. 

"From the Closet to the Courts is a firsthand report on what it means to be a lesbian today. The author believes that "any nonhomosexual who has anxieties about reading the book has problems, because we are daughters, sisters, aunts, mothers, wives, grandmothers, friends, and, yes, 'girl friends' of heterosexuals, and it is high time they know who and what we are." Deflating myths, Ruth Simpson exposes not only the persecution of homosexual women but also the mechanism of persecution as it works against other minorities as well. No institution is too sacrosanct to escape her censure: church, psychiatric profession, police, mass media, women's movement, government-all are shown to be as ignorant as they are oppressive. To test the validity of current anti-homosexual laws, Ms. Simpson ends her book by citing her own lesbianism and inviting legal action against herself." (from back cover). 

"The best book to come out of the movement to date" -Kate Millett