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Reclaiming the L-Word: Sappho’s Daughters Out in Africa

The stories in Reclaiming the L-Word: Sappho’s Daugh- ters Out in Africa eloquently deal with the depth and complexity of lesbian experiences and serve to contra- dict stereotyping. The writers come from all walks of life, race groups and religious persuasions. The book includes a photo essay by well-known artist and ac- tivist, Zanele Muholi, and her article of lesbian rape in South Africa, originally published by Agenda.

Excerpt from Left-hand lesbian “Finding a comfortable language, inside that glass wall we spend lifetimes breaking, checking over our shoulders for safety outside the box”.

Edited by Alleyn Diesel
Publication date: May/June 2011 ISBN: 978-1-920397-28-9 Price: R170.00 Pages: 224
Available from: African Books Collective (, Loot ( and Kalahari (

Alleyn Diesel is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, specialising in the study of the place of women in Hinduism in South Africa, particularly their veneration of the Goddess. In 2007 she edited Shakti: Stories of In- dian Women in South Africa (Wits University Press).