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Jakarta Post

The Two Vs: Friends to the end

  • Bruce Emond


JAKARTA   /   Sun, January 25 2009   /  06:12 pm

Before The L Word dared loudly speak its name, and before Ms. Lohan took to public shows of affection with her girlfriend, then so-called Sapphists fell in love and lived their lives. One of the most famous couples of the 1920s' literary world was Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville West. Their relationship has been embraced by some contemporary gay activists as an example of a same-sex couple who flouted conventions to find love. Testament to this is that Woolf wrote the historical novella Orlando in loving honor of her friend, and that Sackville-West willingly posed in male costume to evince the noble hero of the book. We may want something to be the way we see it, but that does not necessarily make it so. Put in historical context, the women were generally conventional except in their sexuality, and even then they were not declaring their forbidden love from the ...