Bloomsbury Academic List price: Before the s, the idea that same-sex adults formed long-term committed relationships was unknown to many people. Gates, Gary [October ]. Some sexually transmitted diseases are communicable between women, including human papillomavirus HPV —specifically genital warts — squamous intraepithelial lesionstrichomoniasissyphilisand herpes simplex virus HSV. As lesbian-feminists asserted, a sexual component was unnecessary in declaring oneself a lesbian if the primary and closest relationships were with women.
They considered women who engaged in sexual relations with other women to be biological oddities that would attempt to penetrate women—and sometimes men—with "monstrously enlarged" clitorises.
This page was last edited on 13 Juneat Women and Gay Men in the Postwar Period offers a lively and beautifully written account of how, why and when these important relationships began to matter socially as well as politically. However, Ellis conceded that there were "true inverts" who would spend their lives pursuing erotic relationships with women. Lib Dems.
The highest rate of transmission of HIV to lesbians is among women who participate in intravenous drug use or have sexual intercourse with bisexual men.