Women could now choose to divorce their husbands in order to lead openly lesbian or bisexual lives; increasingly, however, these women were confronted by hostile state discrimination, typically in legal battles over child custody. Lauren Jae Gutterman locates lesbian histories not at the margins but at the center of postwar American life, often accommodated within marriages with men and family life. By revealing the extent to which marriage has historically permitted space for wives' relationships with other women, Her Neighbor's Wife calls into question the presumed straightness of traditional American marriage. It is a critical intervention in histories of marriage, same-sex desires, feminism, and therapeutic ideas of the authentic self. Davis, author of More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss " Her Neighbor's Wife is an engaging, highly readable sociocultural history that serves as a necessary and illuminating corrective to the general dearth of lesbian history. In the late s and s, the lesbian feminist movement and the no-fault divorce revolution transformed the lives of wives who desired women.
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