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5254 - Black Feminist Activism, Lesbianism, and Narrative in Rio de Janeiro:Olhares Diversos: Narrativas Lésbicas

Neusa Pereira das Dores is the director of the Centro de Documentação e Informação Coisa de Mulher (Cedoicom), an organization located in Rio de Janeiro. Formed in 1994, Cedoicom sustains Fórum de Jovens Negros, Projeto Família Consciente, and Coletivo de Lésbicas Elizabeth Calvert do Rio de Janeiro (Colerj). Since 1995, by way of Colerj, Coisa de Mulher has maintain a very a vibrant agenda that focuses on the sexual orientation of Afro-Brazilian women. In 1996 they held the I Seminário Nacional de Lésbicas from which August 29th became the Dia Nacional de Visibilidade Lésbica. The mission is to guarantee a multicultural, anti-racist and anti-heterosexist environment. Dores promoted a literary competition of Lesbian short stories. The 2008 result was Olhares Diversos: Narrativas Lésbicas, a collection of stories focusing on same sex relationships. Olhares Diversos: Narrativas Lésbicas is not a collection of stories only about black women specifically rather, as an initial step into the world of literary Lesbianism, it appears as one of the first of its kind. Under the guidance and competent leadership of the two seasoned Afro-Brazilian activists and writers in Rio de Janeiro, Neusa das Dores and Conceição Evaristo, it emerges to invite the public into the sensitive and rather fragile world of same sex relations among women. The socio-contextual difficulty of being a Lesbian emerges within the literary space by way of an aesthetic of longing. This paper dwells on what I see as a common psychological state of being that each narrating voice reveals. A strategy of avoiding loneliness as well as arming a life based on same sex relationship produces narrations that incline towards constant seeking. It is a seeking that spends a lot of time in self-analysis on the one hand and deductions about the other woman on the other. The possible scenarios are endless as are the outcomes. In the end, the narrating voice concentrates on the journey of discovery primarily of her self, also one made possible by her contemplations of the woman she loves, needs, wants, desires, or is leaving.

Keywords: Black Women¿s Movement, Literary Lesbianism. , Rio de Janeiro

Author: Duke, Dawn (University of Tennessee, Ud States of Am / USA)

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