Welcome Acceptance of Sexuality for Lesbian Women

Peter Zapfella Podcast

18-09-2023 • 11 mins

We can welcome acceptance of sexuality for lesbian women after turbulent and confusing periods throughout history. While it is generally accepted that a lesbian is a homosexual girl or woman, it can be defined as a strong non-sexual emotional, mental, and ideological connection with another female.


What percentage of the female population are lesbians? No one really knows, and the definition is so confusing we may never know.


The word lesbian may be used for women in relation to their sexual identity or their sexual behavior, regardless of their sexual orientation, or perhaps as an adjective to characterize same-sex attraction.


Attitudes about female homosexual behavior have been dependent upon women’s roles in society and cultural attitudes in various countries. Until the swinging sixties and the sexual revolution of the 1970s in the western world, lesbianism was largely underground not so much for legal reasons as cultural.


Butch and femme roles have been so integral to lesbian culture, girls and women were expected to be one or the other. Many married to satisfy their familial obligations, perhaps marrying a gay man. They could be seen in society as a happily married heterosexual couple while maintaining their own homosexual relationships and lifestyles in private. Still others escaped to the city of a more liberal country to live their life on their own terms, as expatriates.


To some extent this is still the case in some countries, religions and cultures today.


Historically lesbians have flown ‘under the radar’ compared to gay men. A woman who never married, who lived with another woman, with friends who were mostly women may have been a lesbian? I have had relatives in past generations who answered that description, but it is not proof they were lesbian. But that’s about all we have to go on.


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