Since the 1970’s, queer and women’s presses have made enormous strides in providing a space for lesbian voices to be heard, and have paved the way for the current literary flowering. Often these presses consciously emphasized raw and unedited experience, suspicious of aesthetic standards that had been used to silence women in the past. The lesbian fiction they published was more than fiction: it has served as sociology, as history, as apologia, as philosophy.
“Why Is Lesbian Fiction So Bad?” by E. J. Levy (The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, 1996)