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    and affects how one feels, acts, and thinks. Studies show that lesbians are six times more likely to undergo depression than heterosexual individuals. Those of the lesbian community are more likely to experience depression for various reasons such as harassment, rejection, and judgment. Depression is growing constantly, especially within woman who classify themselves to be a part of the homosexual community. Statement of the Problem Throughout doing this research study I have found out that this study needs to be conducted due to it becoming a growing issue within society, but also in the social work profession. Depression is not only harmful for the individual experiencing it, but it could also be harmful to those around this individual. This issue not only raises depression, but also can provide help to those who…

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    Butch Lesbian Motherhood

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    Scholarship on queer parenting is burgeoning, yet, it exists in a silo, as is the current literature on lesbian pop culture representations and butch lesbian identity. The issue with the latter literature, is that much of it is out of date and requires greater analytical details, particularly intersectional analysis. Bridging these fields of study, this unique analysis discursively traces pop culture representations of butch lesbian parents. Specifically, I contribute to the current research in…

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    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…

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    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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    Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in the portrayal of lesbian women, relationships and communities prominent within media culture. Yet increasingly so, the same types of lesbian women and relationships are repeatedly shown. Certain systems and structures of power have regulated the way gayness and lesbianism are viewed and thus seen while media has the tendency to naturalize these stereotypes and assumptions. As the prominence of lesbians’ figures in media has risen, it seems that the…

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    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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    Stonewall Film Analysis

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    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

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    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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    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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    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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