Vintage homophobia: Tips for when you meet a lesbian from 1988

Wowza, can you say “dated”?

tips for when you meet a lesbian

This pamphlet, “When You Meet a Lesbian: Hints for the Heterosexual Women,” was a handout in a women’s studies 103 class at the University of Wisconsin at Madison circa 1988. While some of the advice stands the test of time — “Do not assume she is attracted to you” is probably worth repeating three times — apparently we’ve come pretty far in a couple decades when it comes to not acting as though lesbians are potentially dangerous wild animals. So, ya know, progress!

(h/t @jodyrosen via Jezebel)

Update: Or perhaps vintage satire? I can’t tell! What’s your vote?

Maya DusenberyMaya appreciates the sentiment but thinks “pretending to be a lesbian for 24 hours” is probably not gonna do much.

Atlanta, GA

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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