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Teresa de Lauretis’ The Practice of Love

Teresa de Lauretis, The Practice of Love: Lesbian Sexuality and Perverse Desire (Bloomington and Indianapolis: University of Indiana Press, 1994), 352 pages.

DONOVAN LEITCH. LET HIM TWINKLE for a moment. Slim darling of so many, famous for being rather than doing, since most are confused about what, actually, he does. (Something with fame.) Not Donovan Leitch in a bathtub shaving a muscle boy—he’s never “had a relationship with a man ” (whatever that means)—but Donovan Leitch, who’s “never been macho,” swishing little glitter bug, Donovan Leitch, “so turned on and enraptured by women,” saying: “Maybe I’m a lesbian.”

Teresa de Lauretis would not be amused by Donovan Leitch (she’s not amused by much), certainly not by that remark coming from anyone like him. The “lure of the mannish lesbian”? Sure. The lesbian man? I don’t think so. In The Practice of Love, de Lauretis provides insights into

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