Golden Gate University Law Review


Ruthann Robson


This Article seeks to elucidate the confusion between sexuality and violence that confounds legal treatments of intra-lesbian violence. This confusion is both explicitly and implicitly revealed in judicial decisions and legislative enactments. A distinct but intertwined task of this Article is to situate intra-lesbian violence within the development of a lesbian legal theory. It is intra-lesbian violence that makes equally untenable either a separatist lesbian legal theory (eschewing all reference to a patriarchal legal system) or an assimilationist lesbian legal theory (advocating lesbianism as an irrelevant factor in legal determinations).