Why Most Published “Lesbian Research” Is Completely Unrecognizable to Real Lesbians

Dirt and I and I have written before about how most alleged “Lesbian experts” are neither Lesbian nor expert, and we have previously given many specific examples of how what has been published about Lesbians is total and utter nonsense. JoAnn Loulan is just one example of these Straightbian windbag dingbats who we exposed as having spread copious lies about Lesbians. In fact, we did an entire Unstraightening Lesbian series on a dozen of these boneheads.

I wish we could say that we have written about all of the faux “Lesbian experts” who are neither Lesbian nor expert, but sadly, we have barely even scratched the surface.

We focused the first Unstraightening Lesbian series on the more obviously well-known Straightbians such as Susie “I Lied About Being A Lesbian In Order to Sell Kinky Books” Bright and Pat/rick “Pro-Pedophile Pervert” Califia, but the huge underlying problem with Unstraightening Lesbian lies in the continual odious garbage being spewed throughout academia (and beyond) by Straightbian blowhard professors.


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In fact, I will even venture an educated guess that EVERYTHING that has EVER been written by an academic about Lesbians is dead wrong. While I clearly haven’t read every single journal article or book written by academics about Lesbians, I have read AN AWFUL LOT and I have never…I repeat, NEVER…seen anything whatsoever that remotely resembles Lesbian. (If you know of anything about Lesbians written by an academic that is actually and accurately LESBIAN, by all means, please let me know).

The main problem with these faux “Lesbian expert” academics writing about Lesbian lives is that most of the academics who have done so are Straightbians. Straightbians, obviously, are not Lesbian, so they are appropriating what they think Lesbian is, which is grossly inaccurate (as well as arrogant, presumptuous, and just plain wrong).

These academic Heterosexual/Straightbians’ horribly inaccurate perceptions of what Lesbian even means results in faulty hypotheses for research, faulty subject selection, faulty interpretations, and faulty conclusions. Since nothing accurate (that I know of) has EVER been published about Lesbians by these Heterosexual/Straightbian academics, even their citations of others’ research is hideously inaccurate.

So, basically, what has happened is one inaccurate study built upon another, built upon another, built upon another, and so forth and so on, until we now have a heaping pile of stinking excrement disguised as “scholarly research”.

Dirt and I are planning another Unstraightening Lesbian series to tackle some more liars and charlatans, so I won’t give specific examples here…I will save them for our future Unstraightening Lesbian posts.

But, in general, here is a synopsis of what is wrong with all of the “academic research” articles/books published about Lesbians:

  • Research is only as good as the researcher.  If the researcher is Heterosexual/Straightbian, she is basing her research questions/premises/hypotheses/etc. on her own incorrect (hetsplained) presumptions about what Lesbian is…therefore, her research is going to be as flawed as her own hetsplanations.
  • There is nothing accurate (that I know of) in the current academic literature about Lesbians, so any literature review is going to be based on a stack of shameful lies. Furthermore, the Heterosexual/Straightbian academic literally won’t be able to see the flaws in the previous research/literature, because she doesn’t have the basic reasoning skills to see past her own straight-privileged hetsplaining.
  • When the researcher is a Heterosexual/Straightbian, she cannot even accurately define “Lesbian”, much less pick one out of a crowd, so she won’t know that her subjects are also Straightbians.
  • If the Heterosexual/Straightbian researcher herself doesn’t even know what a Lesbian is, much less how Lesbians actually think/act, she will accept whatever bizarre bullshit her Straightbian subjects shovel.
  • The prevailing definition of Lesbian for research (and for everything else, for that matter) is based on ultra-simplistic self-report, which is incredibly flawed. All it takes is for someone to simply claim she is a Lesbian and everybody usually takes her word for it. BUT: that premise is 100 percent wrong. Any woman cannot magically “become a Lesbian”, and all the lies in the world won’t turn her into one. So if a ton of the research subjects are LYING about being a Lesbian, guess what? The data gathered is NOT ABOUT LESBIANS. Duh.
  • Research gathers A LOT of data. It is up to the researcher to determine what data to assemble, how to analyze the data, how to decide what data to even analyze, and how to interpret the data. If the researcher herself is basing the very definition of “Lesbian” on her own skewed perception, while using a faulty hypothesis with a false set of subjects, it is inevitable that the results and implications will be wrong.

The above list is just a basic, general overview of why the information in the academic books/articles about Lesbians which has been written by academic Straightbians is completely unrecognizable to biological Lesbians (which, after all, are the ONLY real Lesbians). Future posts will elaborate on specific Straightbians and the flaws in their thinking, theories, research, and conclusions.

Obviously, Dirt and I cannot stop all Heterosexuals/Straightbians from hetsplaining Lesbian ~ but we can, and will, continue to expose these people for their multitudinous lies, misinformation, perversions, and all-around inaccuracies about Lesbians. We will do our best to OUT them to the Lesbian community. The more information Lesbians have in our arsenal, the better chance we have of fighting the onslaught of lesbophobia harming our lives.

23 thoughts on “Why Most Published “Lesbian Research” Is Completely Unrecognizable to Real Lesbians

  1. “If you know of anything about Lesbians written by an academic that is actually and accurately LESBIAN, by all means, please let me know.”
    Well, that sounds like a challenge, if ever I heard one, but one which I am unable to meet, though I used to have a library fuller of books by and about lesbians than ever about gay men, hard to explain and even harder to justify.
    Have you read Jeanne Córdova’s “When We Were Outlaws”? Nobody would describe her as an academic, but it’s a (partly) honest account of her involvement in the Gay Liberation movement, and more. I knew Jeanne when I was (very) young, and strongly disliked her, so we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel, plowing stony ground (choose your own images) if that’s the best I have to offer.
    As you know better than I, “academic” lesbians “invented” lesbianism around 1969, and their first task was to erase all trace of lesbian life before that, or reinterpret it in terms of nouveau lesbianisme. There IS older stuff, including from the “barren years” of the early 20th century, much of which is preserved in the wonderful Women’s Library at the LSE in London, but it would take a lot of hard work to burrow through it, and even harder determination to go against the prevailing trend in “Women’s Studies” in presenting it. If you expect me to even mention so-called “Gender Studies”, well it seems I just did, didn’t I? It won’t happen again.
    There are bucket-loads of French stuff, which the nouvelles lesbiennes would rather you didn’t know too much about until it’s been filtered through their ideological lens, so if you unearth interesting material there, I would be more than happy to put on my translator’s cap, when and if needed.
    Good luck!

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  2. Yes, there is journal articles that is scholarly and articles that are primary out there written by lesbians. They do not need to adress their own sexuality in their research, and their is the topics written by them based on sexuality as well.
    You can not put that out their in your research it would be considered an open bias.
    My professor has showed me plenty of women who have done research on women’s sexuality. These women focused on the realm of lesbian in today’s culture. So next time do a better job researching, make sure you exhaust all of your sources, and don’t research until you know. This makes you look un researched and not creditable.

    Also what you have posted about the transgender community is indeed false. Where have you received your information from what databases? I would love to check your credibility. There is so muct wrong with everything you wrote. I can’t even start. Was this researced or your personal opinion?


    • Helpful hint: If you want to actually have a conversation with someone, it really helps to approach the person in a manner that is NOT snippy, condescending, rude, and/or arrogant. In other words, your approach sucks a fat one.

      Second: Reading comprehension is a beautiful thing. You should try it sometime.

      Did I say that Lesbians didn’t ever write academic journal articles? No, I said that there were no journal articles WHICH ARE ACCURATE ABOUT BEING A LESBIAN that have been written by actual Lesbians THAT I KNOW ABOUT.

      Sure, Lesbian academics may have published articles on the three-toed sloth or the Korean War or whateverthefuck — but you already know darn well (if you can read) that that’s NOT what I am referring to.

      If you are really a student researcher, as you claim to be, you are perfectly capable of looking up studies/books/etc. for yourself and ascertaining the accuracy of the information. I am not your assistant.

      Furthermore, I have never cited or said anything inaccurate and to say I did is ludicrous.

      Moreover, I have only ever mentioned anything whatsoever about trans in just a couple of posts.

      One of those posts was CLEARLY delineated as an OPINION post about my concerns about the trans trend from the perspective of being a Lesbian and a psychologist…so: no citations were needed BECAUSE I AM THE CITATION, Einstein.

      The other post was about the potential dangers of testosterone listed in a typical informed consent form, which are not only well-documented everywhere, but, more importantly to my point here, I also cited and linked the actual document I was referring to IN THE POST ITSELF.

      So…accurate. Do your research.

      In fact, most of my posts contain direct quotes and/or links to whatever I am talking about when it is relevant to do so.

      This is a BLOG…in case that obvious fact somehow escaped your eagle-eyed notice.

      News flash: This is NOT an academic journal requiring citations, nor is it intended to be (although, as I said earlier, I do include quotes/links even though I don’t have to).

      You would love to check my credibility, huh? My real name is posted right here on this very blog. Some “researcher”. SMH.

      Next time, do a better job of not being a dickweed — and a particularly uninformed one at that.

      Have a nice life. Or not. Whatever floats your special little boat.

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    • Oh your Professor told you? Well, then, it has to be true! *sarcasm font*

      Jesus Christ on a cracker, kid, learn some critical thinking skills and get your facts straight before making a fool of yourself on a stranger’s blog.

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      • Thanks, M.

        Good point — I missed that part about “my PROFESSOR told me…”

        That is the ENTIRE POINT of this post…the academics don’t know WTF they are talking about especially when it is about Lesbians.

        “Thinking” like this is worrisome because it is an indicator of the sorry state of our educational system. Critical thinking skills need to be put on the curriculum.

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    • What IS a “Student Researcher”? That’s a genuine question, because I know our university systems are different in Europe from in the USA. Is it a postgrad student doing real research, or an undergrad writing a term paper?
      I’ve studied in Strasbourg as an undergraduate and in Bucharest as a graduate, but even in the first case, they require you to be able to express yourself adequately in French. (Sure, they cut foreigners a little bit of slack, like in Britain or North America, but…) I know Notre Dame to be a prestigious university, and it seems scarcely credible to me that you could have passed even their entrance exam without being able to express yourself better in English than you do.
      I won’t even bother with your grammatical mistakes – we all make them, but in this case they are multiple, and cannot be accounted simple “typos”: and semantically, if you really have no understanding of the difference between “creditable” and “credible”, that is inexcusable in your own first language, too, whatever it may be.
      I am generous enough to assume that English is NOT your first language. If, by any chance, it IS your first language, then it is inexcusable, not on your own part but on that of Notre Dame ever to have accepted you as a student.
      Yes, I’m in a sucky mood tonight (not in any good sense), but I hope in all my moods I care about language being used accurately and carefully. Everybody here also knows that’s why I’m so wickedly jealous of MintLeaf, who does that so much better than I.

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      • “My professor has showed me plenty of women who have done research on women’s sexuality. These women focused on the realm of lesbian in today’s culture.”
        All these people’s opinions or testimonies are enormously subjective. They depend on judgments made by 1. your professor, 2. the women doing the research 3. the women whose sexuality was researched, and 4. yourself; to that one must add the rather imponderable “realm of lesbian [I note the singular, but maybe just a typo] in today’s culture”.
        While I am perfectly prepared to accept that what I do (linguistics) and what Saye does (psychology) may be accounted “soft science” when weighed against hard science like physics or chemistry, what you are describing is just liberal arts stuff “dressed up” as science. That doesn’t mean that anything you or your professor or any of the women in between “feel” about it is wrong, just that the chain of argument that would allow you to draw any legitimate conclusion is lacking.
        “I can’t even start,” you write. You mistake yourself. What you cannot (apparently) do is finish.

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  3. The FTMStudentResearcher comment above inspired me to go back and take a look at the syllabi from a couple of Gender Studies classes I took years ago. It’s more or less Straighbian/Queer Greatest Hits – Adrienne Rich, Gayle Rubin, Andrea Dworkin, Jack Halberstam, Judith Butler. These classes were taught by one self-described lesbian and one “queer woman”, who I presume had some control over the selection of materials. I remember feeling deeply uncomfortable with that environment, which was full of hysterical morality policing, adolescent identitarian narcissism, and a cultish us-vs-the-world mentality.
    Some of this is normal for the age group, but a part is, I think, what happens when you immerse yourself in the theory produced by these academics. In the span of a few months, students went from being pretty average teenagers to identifying as non-binary queer radicals, and felt entitled to speak on behalf of the LGBT. I’m sure a few of them have gone on to be grad students or lecturers, and to write their own bullshit articles about the “lesbian experience”. Must be a bit awkward to go home to your husband and kids at the end of the day when you’ve built a career out of hetsplaining dykes and passing it off as the real deal.

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    • Mintleaf –
      “i agree with you, you’re right” ought to be an easy thing to say. But if you’ve ever attended a “gender studies” class, that tells me immediately that you’re much younger than I, and as we already know, you are female and I am male. Somehow that complicates things. Since I’m in an (uncharacteristically) optimistic mood, I believe that both those gaps are bridgeable, and I may be drawn to address that more lengthily in a separate comment.
      For the moment, allow me to say simply and uncomplicatedly that I agree with you and you are right.

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    • Wow, it sounds just like tumblr! I took one of those classes years ago, but a lot of the focus was reproductive rights and career barriers for women, along with same-sex marriage. So the special 5,000+ genders stuff was kept to a minimum. It was still pretty post-moderny though but there was some useful information.

      Then again, I never got around to taking the “Queer Theory” class so maybe that one was a lot worse. I used to go to the alphabet soup group and noticed it gradually went from majority lesbian with high numbers of gay men and bisexuals to a queer, questioning, and special pronoun madhouse.

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      • sfonn08 – My ex and I lived for a while in Romania quite close to the Bulgarian border and we bought our “alphabetti-spaghetti” there because, for a totally inexplicable reason (it was still Comecon times), it was a lot cheaper there. We missed out on all those important messages the soup was trying to send us. How our lives might have been different if only we could read cyrillic!

        Am I “trivializing” Queer Theory? I don’t think so. It is already as trivial as reading the augurs in your bowl of soup. I can only figuratively “curl my lip” at Queer Theory, because the physical ability to curl one’s lip is genetically determined, and (mildly interestingly) unrelated to sex/gender.

        Gay men and lesbians of my generation can’t escape a vague guilt that we, in one way or another, unwittingly “spawned” the queer theorists, and if that’s true, no amount of protesting “No, no, that’s not what we meant at all” can undo it. If it’s true that “we got you into this mess”, that’s something we have to live, and die, with. Only you and your real or figurative children can get you out of it.

        I’ve made the big and perhaps unjustified assumption throughout that I am older than you. Apart from (again possibly unjustifiably) reading between the lines of your comment, my only real excuse for that is statistical: most people who are alive today are indeed younger than I, and reading “history” books about times you actually lived through, believe me, makes you feel pretty old (though sadly not old and pretty).

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        • @romantepner

          I think you’re older than me because I had to look up Comecon and it looks like is was discontinued when I was about a year old.

          As for queer theory, there might be some hope because I’ve noticed that it’s falling out of favor for some of my friends after they’ve spend a couple years obsessing over it and then realizing it’s stupid.

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        • +Sfonn08

          It makes me feel even older than I actually am, but your similar evaluation of “queer theory” to mine gives me hope that intelligence (when you’re as old as me, you’ll be allowed to call it “wisdom”) will eventually triumph over idiocy. I state that just as an Article of Faith, because history gives me no support.

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  4. Is there *any* legit sociological research on lesbians that was intended to be about lesbians? Or is most legit research because the researchers just stumbled upon something?

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    • I have yet to find any legit research on lesbians, actually. Probably because of so many Academic Straightbian Susies and the only criteria needed to be a subject in a study is “self-identification as a lesbian”, and that is worth absolutely nothing. If you find some actual legit research, I would love to see it.


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