ERIC Number: ED327757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Female, Lesbian, and Jewish: Complex and Invisible.
Dworkin, Sari H.
Managing a marginal identity different from the dominant culture is a difficult process. For a woman who is a lesbian and also Jewish, this means feeling marginal in each of the communities she considers to be her primary support systems. Within the Jewish community, lesbianism is not acceptable, and within the lesbian community, there is often anti-Semitism. This paper begins by briefly discussing some historical and religious issues of relevance to the empowerment of women within Judaism and to coming out as a Jewish lesbian. It then explores the process of coming out as a Jewish lesbian within the framework of a four-stage model of the coming out process that is generally accepted as the theory for the development of a lesbian identity. From the perspective of this framework, the acceptance of two marginal identities is examined. Implications for counselors working with Jewish lesbians are discussed. (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).