Offensive Women

Some ladies are uncensored, outrageous, fearless, righteous, and last but not least openly lesbian. Call it feminist or lesbian humor if you will, but the important thing to note is that they transcend all such terms and shows us that after all we are all together in the same life.

Lesbianism

The word lesbian is often used to describe sexual and romantic attraction between two women. The term "lesbianism" refers to the Greek poetess Sappho, the island of Lesbos from Ancient Greece. The word "lesbian" can be used as a noun to describe a woman who identifies herself or is characterized by others as being homosexual. Lesbianism, as a concept used to differentiate women according to their sexual orientation is a construct of the twentieth century. Although female homosexuality has appeared in many cultures, it is only very recently that lesbians means a group of people. In the late nineteenth century, many sexologists publish on desire and sexuality between same sex and lesbians to designate the West as a separate entity. Because of this, women became aware of their new medical status formed various sub-cultures in Europe and North America. With the second wave of feminism, the meaning of the term was further extended. Historians have since reconsidered the question of relations between women throughout history and have asked what qualifies a person or a relationship of lesbian and found three factors used to identify lesbians: sexual desire, behavior sexual identity and felt.

Feminist historians argue that the main motivation of sexologists, when describing relations lesbians, is their distrust of the growing empowerment of women compared to men. Women who do not respect fully the norms of gender assigned to them, were considered mentally ill. The ways in which lesbians have been portrayed in the media suggest that Western society has been both intrigued and frightened by women who do not meet the gender norms, while at the same time fascinated and appalled by these women. Some women who had relationships with other women do not define themselves as lesbians or as bisexual. In contrast, women who define themselves as lesbians share a similar form of identity to an ethnic group: as a homosexual, they face discrimination and risk of rejection; as women, they do not have the same experience as men. The political and social context continues to influence how relationships and families consider lesbians.

Mentalities still rigid in the climate of the 50s and 60 United States despite nasa progress provoked the emergence of violent reactions and gay rights movements, followed closely by women of all backgrounds and workers of modest means, and began to play a leading role, after the shock of events relating to the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King. Gay and feminist movements began to connect after the Stonewall riots in 1969. The rise of gay activism and feminist consciousness contributed to the transformation of the meaning of the word lesbian. The sexual revolution of the 70 introduced a differentiation between identity and sexual behavior. Many women took advantage of their newfound freedom to try new experiences. The gradual normalization of the playing phenomenon bisexual combined with a reaction mass stopped wear the subversive message of lesbians invested in the struggle for women's rights.

These, with the second feminist wave strengthens the term lesbian in a sense much more political than strictly gaming sexual. The feminist group Radicalesbians published a manifesto in 1970, The Woman-Identified Woman claiming that "a lesbian is the rage of all women condensed to the point of explosion". These activists expressed their disdain of a patriarchal society sexist in nature and had concluded that the most effective way for all women overcome the stigma of sex, and get equal rights and treatment with men, would deny them any power or pleasure they expect to receive from them, especially through sexuality.

For those who subscribed to this philosophy, thus launching the movement of lesbian feminism, lesbian became a term chosen to describe any woman who's well-being of women is his social and political priority. From that moment on, sexual desire was not to be the essential characteristic of a lesbian-feminist, but rather her political ideals. The fierce independence of these women compared to men they regarded as oppressors, was a central tenet of feminism, lesbian and many of those who adhered tried to secede, physically and economically, with traditional male-centered institution.

In 1980, Adrienne Holdem Rich enriches the political meaning of lesbian by providing a continuum of lesbian existence based on experience of women. For Rich, all relationships between women, such as mother-daughter or between work colleagues, looked lesbian, regardless of whether the women involved saw themselves lesbians or not. For Rich, heterosexuality had been imposed on women by men. Several years later, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, founders of the Daughters of Bilitis gave the word lesbian to mean a woman whose interest in social, emotional, psychological and erotic activities is overwhelmingly turned to a member of her own sex, even if that interest is not overly expressed.

Nowadays homosexuality among women is accepted and no one will be shocked to see a couple of gorgeous young ladies sharing a cup of green coffee at a restaurant or bar. Same-sex marriage is getting legal in more and more countries, even conservative France adopted such a law in 2013. And it is considered normal that such couples raise a family, when they adopt chidren or use artificial insemination to get pregnant. Nebuchadnezzar might disagree, but after all the Ancient Greeks were quite some precursors more than two thousand years ago.

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