Lesbians have lived through the porn wars, the sex wars and the dildo wars but, asks Tamsin Wilton, isn't it time to start making love, not war? For all the hype and visibility around lesbians in the mass media, lesbian sex is under attack from all sides -- a consequence of the resurgence of the far Right, the revival of religious fundamentalism, the increase in fascist activity and the construction of 'family values' as a political and social totem. While the combined might of the political and religious Right attempt to marginalize and eradicate lesbian sexuality, a number of feminists have joined them. This controversial book is primarily an exploration of political struggles around lesbian sex within lesbian communities, which sets out to expose the profoundly damaging influence of the lesbian sex 'police', and to argue for unity between feminists and queers who share a political commitment to transform the institution of gender itself.
Queer feminist Tamsin Wilton has written this book as an act of resistance, 'tomcatting around the field of sex, marking out the territory for the dykes'. Bringing a forthright, fresh perspective to debates around Lesbian sadomasochism, butch-femme, dildos, lesbian porn and the lesbian sex prefects, she draws interesting conclusions. Is the dildo-wielding dyke a victim of false consciousness, or the ultimate radical feminist rebel? Who is the real 'fascist', the SM dyke or the revolutionary feminist who castigates her?