‘Makers’ is great, but fails in lesbian history

Makers documentaryBY MARCIE BIANCO
AfterEllen

MAKERS: Women Who Make America is the first comprehensive documentary about how women have transformed the political and cultural landscape of America, with a particular focus on the last fifty years of the feminist movement. Lesbians, however, get somewhat short-changed. Lesbians are cited as the reason why the feminist movement in the ‘70s split, and why the ERA failed; with the exception of Rita Mae Brown and Charlotte Bunch, the lesbians interviewed and/or alluded to in the documentary  are never identified as lesbian; and, surprisingly, there’s no mention of Audre Lorde or Adrienne Rich or Shulamith Firestone or any other “lavender menace.” I just wish that, in this brilliant documentary, lesbians were given a little more recognition.

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