by caryatis

Psychology offered a resource upon which women and lesbians could draw in order to express and justify their feelings of vulnerability and weakness, and their rage at those whose behaviors suggests otherwise. Psychology enables many lesbians to identify themselves only in terms of that which has hurt them, to forever “process” their feelings about their oppression, to wait to be “healed” before they engage politically with the world that damaged them. As Caryatis Cardea (1985) points out, “what kind of revolution waits until its warriors are happy and fulfilled before confronting the enemy?”
Some writers have suggested that women declare themselves “sick” and “in recovery” in order to find community with other women.
—  Changing our Minds: Lesbian Feminism and Psychology