No Lesbians, Gay Lesbians,
If the key figure of antigay discourse is the male homosexual, how easy is it for the CR to fit lesbians into this caricature? Do they try? Do they argue that lesbians also carry terrible diseases and prey on children? Or do they simply add the word "lesbian" to a sentence without giving it any specificity? Alternatively, if lesbians lack prominence in CR antigay discourse, are they more visible in a different genre? It would seem that the CR takes all these routes. More often than not, they simply add the word "lesbian" to a paragraph that clearly has no application to women at all. Yet they also increasingly seek to discuss lesbianism explicitly and, on occasion, to present lesbianspecific evidence to prove their arguments. Finally, lesbianism also rears its head within the CR's antifeminism-- a discourse that overlaps, yet unsettles, its antigay counterpart.
In this chapter I examine each of these lesbian incarnations in turn. Given the increasingly prominent role