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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Lesbian-1


Well after you read it don’t think any wrong about me. I am normal and also its very interesting topic. like I am say every bodies have there freedom and there own choice so I want to clear here its not a sin if some ones like each other out of mother nature rules.


A lesbian is a woman who is romantically and sexually attracted only to other women. Women who are attracted to both women and men are more often referred to as bisexual. An individual's self-identification might not correspond with her behavior, and may be expressed with either, both, or neither of these words.



Etymology
The word lesbian dates back at least to 1732 and lesbianism appears in the 1870
Oxford English Dictionary meaning sexual orientation rather than a reference to Sappho and inhabitants of Lesbos. Lesbian as an adjective is in the 1890 Oxford English Dictionary and as a noun by 1925. Until the early twentieth century lesbian was interchangeable with Sapphist.


Broadened meaning
Calling a historical figure a lesbian can be misleading. Women who have written about their affection for each other, along with
spinsters who lived together for years, have often been viewed without much hint they had intimate relationships. With the coming of second wave feminism in the later 20th century a tendency to view all women in more or less heterosexual terms stirred a rebellion in which the definition of lesbian was challenged. Some groups widened the definition to mean any woman who didn't live a traditional heterosexual life. In 1970 the lesbian feminist organization Radica lesbians stated, "A lesbian is the rage of all women condensed to the point of explosion." In 1980 feminist writer and poet Adrienne Rich proposed a continuum of lesbian relationships ranging from sexual to platonic. Rich wrote that instead of genital or sexual relationships between women, lesbian can mean any woman who skirts a conventional married life and resists male tyranny. Rich suggested lesbian relationships can happen between women who live or work together, even within the same family.
An updated take on this wider definition has to do with the girl crush as written about by Stephanie Rosenbloom in
The New York Times. Rosenbloom defines a girl crush as "that fervent infatuation that one heterosexual woman develops for another woman who may seem impossibly sophisticated, gifted, beautiful or accomplished." Such girl crushes may trigger the same kind of feelings involved in a romance and although not sexual in nature, these feelings may sway relationship dynamics if the object of the crush learns about them. This broadening of the meaning for lesbian as any woman who bonds with another woman became known as woman identified woman. However, this usage has been criticized as desexualizing lesbians. Cheshire Calhoun wrote in 1995 "When feminist woman loving replaces lesbian genital sexuality, lesbian sexual identity disappears into feminist identity.



History
The earliest known written references to same-sex love between women are attributed to
Sappho (the eponym of sapphism), who lived on the island of Lesbos in ancient Greece from about 625 to 570 BCE and wrote poems which apparently expressed her sexual attraction to other females. Modern scholarship has suggested a parallel between ancient Greek pederasty and the friendships Sappho formed with her students. Lesbian relationships were also common among the Lacedaemonians of ancient Sparta. Plutarch wrote "love was so esteemed among them that girls also became the erotic objects of noble women."
Accounts of lesbian relationships are found in poetry and stories from ancient
China. Research by anthropologist Liza Dalby, based mostly on erotic poems exchanged between women, has suggested lesbian relationships were commonplace and socially accepted in Japan during the Heian Period. In medieval Arabia there were reports of relations between harem residents, although these were sometimes suppressed. For example Caliph Musa al-Hadi ordered the beheading of two girls who were surprised during lovemaking. During the twelfth-century Etienne de Fougères derided lesbians in his Livre des manières (about CE 1170), likening them to hens behaving as roosters and reflecting a general tendency among religious and secular authorities in Europe to reject any notion women could be properly sexual without men.

2 comments:

abc said...

hey deepa, what d u mean by the sentence, “I am normal …” ? R n’t u already assuming “they’re not normal”?
Of course, every topic on sexuality seems interesting. But the paragraphs r so long than i was lost after the 3rd line…. And who’s interested in thesis and anatomy, anyway?
Perhaps, you’d get more visitors(readers) if u make shorter paragraphs.
A confession: I still find it difficult to believe that women too feel the need for sex (I mean for pleasure!)

deepa said...

Hi, abc.
Thanks for you’re comments I defiantly going to make my future article short and sweet. As I said I am normal because my blog have articles especially for women and few month before I received one comments from a big Nepali blogger and which type of language he used for me I still never able to show that comments to you guys any way may be that’s way I said “I am normal.”
And what you think women are emotion less, they also have desire and dreams. So don’t get surprise Dear.

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