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War on Lesbians
A film by Jane Cottis
1992, 32 minutes, Color, VHS
Order No. W99267
WAR ON LESBIANS is a witty critique of the invisibility of positive images of lesbians and a satire of talk show television and radio self-help programs. It features supposed experts on sexuality being interviewed by a television talk show anchorwoman. These “experts” espouse the many, often ill-informed, theories presented to explain homosexuality. Intercut with the drama are actual recordings of a radio talkback therapist and documentary interviews with lesbians. In a bright and savvy way, WAR ON LESBIANS reveals how far many of the myths about lesbians are from truth. WAR ON LESBIANS is the perfect post-script to Jane Cottis’s hilarious feature film DRY KISSES ONLY.

Part of the series Dry Kisses Only/War on Lesbians

War on Lesbians


  • San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

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    “Satirizing a host of ‘authorities’….Cottis finally turns to the real authorities—dykes themselves—who offer advice and suggestions for the neophyte.”
    Holly Willis
    Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

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