Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!
Lesbians have been forced to live between two cultures, both male-dominated, each of which has denied and endangered our existence. On the one hand, there is the heterosexist patriarchal culture, on the other hand, there is homosexual patriarchal culture, a culture created by homosexual men, reflecting such male stereotypes as dominance and submission as modes of relationship, and the separation of sex from emotional involvement - a culture tainted by profound hatred for women. Neither heterosexual culture nor ‘gay’ culture has offered lesbians a space in which to discover what it means to be self-defined, self-loving, women-identified neither an imitation man nor his objectified opposite.