Dear Ms. Howe:
In a paper called "Lesbian Perspectives on Women's Studies," presented at the National Women's Studies Association's 1980 Convention, Marilyn Frye, professor of philosophy at Michigan State University, said that in her judgment the field of women's studies is heterosexual. This paper has served as a springboard for discussion among the professors and students who comprise the Women's Studies Advisory Committee at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Across the country a division between heterosexuals and homosexuals in women's studies is being generated. In a sense we at the University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign are blessed that this has yet to become a divisive issue; however , we are seeking means to avoid divisiveness. We feel that simply to include a section on homosexuality within a particular course is no more appropriate or satisfactory than it is merely to include a section on women within a course in a particular subject.