UNNOTICED, UNRECORDED, UNREMEMBERED: INSCRIBING THE TORTURE OF LESBIANS
What began as an excursion into researching the evidence for the torture of lesbians internationally, turned into a multi-year research project. At first, I found mostly porn on the internet when I put in lesbian+torture. Not long after I began, I stumbled on Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes' and Lynda Birke's essay in Women's Studies International Forum. Every year or two, I updated my search and each time I found more cases of lesbians who had been tortured around the world. In 2004, I began to write a fictional version. I had no idea where I was going. It would take another 15 years before that came clear.
In my paper, I talk about the research and how it intersects with my poetic and fictional versions and why I think it is necessary to write for other audiences. I have discovered that only lesbians are interested in violence perpetrated against lesbians. I would like to find ways to change this.