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  • Media Stereotypes: Dead Lesbian Syndrome

    Bulletproof Vests Society is influenced by the media on a daily basis by reaffirming social standards and expectations. This becomes complicated when socialization creates a norm for society that places people who do not conform to specific barriers into a category of “otherness.” Western culture rarely represents “other” people in the media, and when they are portrayed their identity falls into stereotypes and negative tropes. One trope that is common among queer characters is known as Bury Your Gays, or specifically Dead Lesbian Syndrome, which is a result of the extensive deaths of women-loving-women in television. This includes the character Commander Lexa from The 100 who was one particular death that left a strong impact on queer youth.…

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  • Lesbian Culture In The 20th Century

    A comparison of the lesbian community from the twentieth century and that which exists today shows almost no resemblance between the two. The traits that marked lesbian culture as ‘distinct’ - namely butch/femme identities - have been replaced by the modern lesbian. The butch/femme lesbian dichotomy of the early twentieth century challenged society’s definition of being female, but the rise of lesbian feminism and the “new lesbian” critiqued this traditional approach as ‘heterosexual roleplay’…

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  • Pat Califia's A Secret Side Of Lesbian Sexuality

    The lesbian feminism group in the late 90s largely rejected the concept of sadomasochism due to its highlight of passive and dominating roles mirroring heterosexual couples. It was also seen as an inequality of power among them. Pat Califia, an important figure in the pro-sex movement and a strong proponent of sadomasochism, was one of the founders of Samois, an organization about sadomasochism groups. In her excerpt, “A Secret Side of Lesbian Sexuality”, she unravels the ‘true’ meaning of the…

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  • Stonewall Film Analysis

    York’s Harlem and Greenwich Village. They cruised at speak-easys and were frequently sexworkers. During this period, if one was found out, one was not accepted. It was common to be imprisoned or committed to a psychiatric institution if found out. More broadly, gay and lesbian literature was produced to a…

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  • Homosexuality In Harlem

    Negroes” is the black lesbian subculture that began to arise. This subculture intertwined with Afro-American jazz and the blues, working as both outlets for sexual and emotional expression and social awareness. These music genres, their lyricism, and the lesbian singers that brought life to them impacted the development of American arts in New York through a growing population of openly sexual women. Homosexuality was clearly…

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  • Female Body In Loie Fuller's Ideas

    Health Movement. This engagement in the Women’s Health Movement, a feminist movement of its time, was how Fuller, through her performance, engaged in empowering the female body. It is also vital to place Fuller in the French and Parisian lesbian subculture of the late nineteenth century. During this time period, “portrayals of lesbians clearly had a voyeuristic appeal to straight men” and lesbians, until the mid-1880s were seen as low class women, mostly prostitutes. Many male authors of the…

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  • Bronfenbrenner Ecological Theory

    Lesbian women encounter different consequences in various regions of the United States while disclosing their sexual identity. For instance, the Midwest and Southern states are difficult areas to live openly as a person who identify themselves as LGBT. Disclosure and non-disclosure of one’s sexual identity can be difficult for lesbian women because they think about the severity of the consequences. If lesbian women resides in a region that values heterosexual identity only, then she may…

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  • Sexuality In The Realm Of Possibility By David Levithan

    The lesbian choice in Diana 's case in influenced not by the natural affection towards girls but rather by the rejection of boys ' sexuality. Diana writes about her previous failures with boys who never call, who put themselves higher than others, always leave in difficult moment and try to change the girl for their own sake (Levithan 47). Thus, Diana decides to protect herself from pain and love a girl who is unlikely to behave like boys, on her point of view. In modern society such behavior…

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  • Differences And Similarities Between Sappho And Katherine Phillips

    two of the most influential writers and poets in literature. While both existed in two very different time periods, there are many parallels between the two poets and their writing style and lifestyle. Their poetry was about affectionate and emotional connections with women they cared for, which eventually led them to becoming a symbol for female homosexuality. Many scholars and historians would agree that both Sappho and Katherine Philips’ history are ambiguous and details about their lives may…

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  • Homosexuality In Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla

    explains the aspects if an ideal Victorian women and what the roles women are precisely. In doing so Yildirim writes, “This is exactly what the ideal Victorian woman was expected to be like. Her main mission was supposed to be to serve others with a complete moral superiority and integrity. In order for a woman to be regarded as a lady, it was essential that she follow the norms and manners inflicted upon her by the society. In the Victorian social pyramid, regardless of her origins, a woman was…

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