Tomboys and bachelor girls

a lesbian history of post-war Britain 1945-71

Rebecca Jennings

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Using a rich array of oral histories and archival sources, Tomboys and bachelor girls provides the first detailed academic study of lesbian identity and culture in post-war Britain. Described by psychiatrists as immature and neurotic, and widely ignored as taboo by mainstream society, lesbians nevertheless recognised and accepted their same-sex desire and sought out women like themselves. Challenging the conventional picture of the post-war decades as years of austerity and conservative femininity, this book traces the emergence of a vibrant lesbian social scene in Britain, centred on the metropolitan nightclubs of post-war London, but also developing across the country, through lesbian magazines and social organisations. This fascinating book brings to life the rich history of post-war lesbian culture for the scholarly and general reader alike.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester ; New York
PublisherManchester University Press
ISBN (Print)9780719075445
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Lesbians--Great Britain--History--20th century

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    Jennings, R. (2007). Tomboys and bachelor girls: a lesbian history of post-war Britain 1945-71. Manchester ; New York: Manchester University Press.