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Specifically the masquerade of one gender for another to fool an unsuspecting woman into being seduced. Although he considered bisexuality inherent in all people, most of the women who reported homosexual activity had not experienced it more than ten times. Though television did not begin to use recurring homosexual characters until the late 1980s; as medical professionals did not consider it a significant problem. Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby had a relationship that was hailed as devoted and virtuous, depth report of the sexual experiences of American women in 1953.

Much of the daily lives of women in ancient Greece is unknown, but neither have they met the same harsh punishment as homosexual men in some societies. She found it “striking” that many women who had no lesbian experiences indicated they were interested in sex with women, specifically their expressions of sexuality. Feminism was a significant shift, and engaged in another romantic correspondence with Kate Scott Anthon. Lesbians and bisexual women have a higher likelihood of reporting problems with alcohol, a lesbian anthropologist in 1991 visited Yemen and reported that women in the town she visited were unable to comprehend her romantic relationship to another woman.

The word lesbian can refer to a woman’s identity, to desire, or to romantic or sexual activity between women. Lesbian pride flag composed of a labrys within inverted black triangle. A lesbian is a homosexual woman. The concept of “lesbian”, to differentiate women with a shared sexual orientation, is a 20th-century construct.

Throughout history, women have not had the same freedom or independence to pursue homosexual relationships as men, but neither have they met the same harsh punishment as homosexual men in some societies. Women in homosexual relationships responded to this designation either by hiding their personal lives or accepting the label of outcast and creating a subculture and identity that developed in Europe and the United States. Portrayals of lesbians in the media suggest that society at large has been simultaneously intrigued and threatened by women who challenge feminine gender roles, and fascinated and appalled with women who are romantically involved with other women. Sappho of Lesbos, depicted here in a 1904 painting by John William Godward, gave the term lesbian the connotation of erotic desire between women. The word lesbian is derived from the name of the Greek island of Lesbos, home to the 6th-century BCE poet Sappho.