Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence

Lesbian Nuns Breaking Silence Unprecedented autobiographies of religious life

  • Title: Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence
  • Author: Rosemary Curb Nancy Manahan
  • ISBN: 9780446326599
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Unprecedented autobiographies of religious life.

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    1. This is NOT lesbian erotic pulp fiction. It is non-fiction-- the stories of 50 lesbians who were nuns, some were still nuns too. I found it really interesting to hear about how there was a word used to describe, and chastise women for developing close, intimate relationships inside the convent, "particular friendships."The descriptions of life within the convents was fascinating as well. Although some of the women engaged in physical relationships with other nuns on the inside, most abstained wh [...]

    2. I read this the second I got out of Catholic school and suddenly everything that had happened in the previous 13 years made perfect sense to me. I still love this book and I give major props to anyone who is willing to speak their own truth and speak out no matter what.

    3. For most of my convent life my emotional and sexual needs were either repressed or redirected into prayer, work, or other acceptable activities. (Jessie, 75)Fascinating collection of stories of women who identify as lesbian (the book capitalised it—Lesbian—which tickled me pink) and who were, or are, nuns. It's so interesting both for their stories of coming out to themselves (many of which were quite similar) but also for the diversity of convent teachings and for the glimpses of what happe [...]

    4. I read this book years ago when it was first released. Of course, I had better reason to read it than some. I was newly out squared; I'd exited the convent a few years before, and exited the closet a few years after leaving the convent. Thus, I could relate very closely to the stories in this book.It was a different time. Roe v. Wade was relatively recent. The women's movement was going strong. The Bakke decision tells us right wing backlash was well funded even prior to Reagan's election . Cons [...]

    5. I have read Lesbian Nuns at least 3 times. I was one. Don't expect erotica. Expect innocence and honesty. And rememberWe had no words. We had no language. These women were born in the 40s and 50s and 60s

    6. This eye opening book is a compilation of 50 lesbian nuns personal accounts of their years in the convent. I'm not rating this book on the writing since each nun writes so differently, but on the main points put forward. Some of the essays are poorly written, and it's somewhat hard to understand the gist. A few were written with a fun sense of humor and got a good laugh out of me. Well, I'm minding my own business being a good camp counselor when Sister Beth comes on to me like a diesel dyke in [...]

    7. I actually learned obout this book because my sister's lover of some 40+ years wrote something for it. I loved the book. Even among the most invisible women, lesbians are invisible!

    8. This was an interesting and enlightening read with great personal stories, lots of background information for those who aren't familiar with Catholicism, and decent additions for this more current Spinsters Ink edition. It's just incredibly dated at this point--in language, it attitude, and in scope. I wish we got to hear from the women now and we where they're at. It reads as unfinished.I can totally see how groundbreaking it was at the time, though.

    9. These are the stories, told in their own words, of 50 lesbian nuns. Most have left the convents but there are several in the 50 who were still active nuns at the time. The book was published in 1985 and definitely is dated but still a unique look at religious life and lesbians at a particular time and place. The prevalence of "particular friendships" (who knew there was a euphemism?) and how the sisters/postulants/novices dealt with their spirituality/sexuality conflicts was interesting. It woul [...]

    10. Not erotica. It covers the psychological conflicts tearing women apart who believe they are lesbian nuns. Published in 1985 the language was considered to be highly controversial, however, it felt a little boring at times for today's more exposed liberal audiences. The fascinating insight into the mentality of the women, before, during and after their devotion to the church is worth the old brittle pages it's printed on. Read it to learn something about the struggle of being gay and celibate or [...]

    11. I got this book from a Friends of the Library book sale a couple of years ago. I enjoyed reading it and felt enlightened by the personal stories these women had to tell.I have to admit, I was hoping for a little titillation, but this book didn't really offer any. Bummer.

    12. How many people found out about this book because of that historical scene from the L Word?Finally found a copy at the academic library this summer and ended up skimming it. Very interesting, though not having much familiarity with Catholicism or nuns made it more alien than I would have expected. Some of the most striking parts to me were reminiscences about everyday life in a convent. And now I begin to understand that stereotype about ex-Catholics and BDSM, wow.

    13. this is VERY interesting but also very mixed. the book is divided into several sections which feature stories about/by women who were/are in religious life (in the 1950s-60s-70s) mostly and who found out during or after that they were lesbian. some have vocations but in many stories the case seems to be that in order to avoid marriage or to get an education they joined religious orders.

    14. I read this when it first came out in the paperback edition. All of my grandparents were Catholic, but my parents were not, so I didn't really become interested in Catholicism until I visited Northern Ireland a few times and found a relative had written a book about Catholic Life in Ireland in the 1800s. Then I started reading memoirs and such. I guess I started being interested in the history of the religion when I was a teenager, but I was never a Catholic.

    15. This book is a series of interviews with women who are or have been Catholic Nuns. I met the editors of this book at a Women's Studies conference in 1995. When the book was published in 1985 the editors were guests on The Sally Jessie Raphael Show and created quite stir at the time. I found the individual stories to be sad, funny, uplifting, depressing and always interesting.

    16. ehhhh really dissapointing, the subject matter could be so interesting, but the first person accounts were frankly, not very well written and simply put, unengaging. Didn't finish the book, which is really unusual for me.

    17. Of course, not all of the contributions were stellar, but on the whole it's an excellent and important book.

    18. This book resonated a lot. Nice to hear all of the women's stories. The boundary issue -- this is erotic? platonic? off-limits? really resonated with me.

    19. Courage, bonding & perserverance. Sometimes on the part of the reader as well. But well worth picking up.

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