Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 August 2013

224 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719089923

Also Available As:


Bookseller Code (06)


Tomboys and bachelor girls

A lesbian history of post-war Britain 1945-71

Rebecca Jennings

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Provides the first detailed academic study of lesbian identity and culture in post-war Britain
  • Essential reading for scholars and students working in the history of sexuality
  • Offers a new perspective on post-war Britain, challenging the dominant representation of the 1940s and 50s as a period of conservative femininity and cultural austerity
  • Suggests that many women were challenging the cultural emphasis on domesticity as women's defining concern and presenting radically alternative modes of femininity, decades before the organised women's movement
  • Challenges the conventional account of post-war sexuality as either an account of triumphant gays overcoming prejudice or a dismissal of the radical potential of pre-1970s sexual cultures

Also of Interest