Definition: The Lavender Menace was a group of radical feminists who were lesbian. The group formed in 1970, when feminist lesbians thought that their concerns were being excluded from the feminist movement. Many feminists in the National Organization for Women (NOW) felt that lesbian issues were irrelevant to the majority of women and would hinder the feminist cause. The color lavender is associated with the LGBT/gay rights movement in general. The phrase "lavender menace," supposedly coined by NOW leader Betty Friedan, implied that outspoken lesbians were a threat to the feminist movement.
Pronunciation: ˈla'-vən-dər ˈ men'-us