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By Bernadette J. Brooten

Love among Women examines woman homoeroticism and the function of girls within the old Roman international. making use of an remarkable diversity of cultural assets, Brooten reveals proof of marriages among girls and establishes that condemnations of girl homoerotic practices have been in line with common wisdom of affection among women.

"An impressive accomplishment. . . . A definitive resource for all destiny dialogue of homoeroticism and the Bible."—Mary Rose D'Angelo, Harvard homosexual & Lesbian Review

"[Brooten's] convincing research . . . not just profoundly reshapes our realizing of the prior, however it must also form the best way that prior, relatively the early Christian texts with their gigantic normative weight, could be used for the future."—Anne L. Clark, Journal of Lesbian Studies

"Love among Women supplies modern debates on sexuality a gently delineated prior. It boldly insists upon a special destiny, one trained by way of heritage yet now not tyrannized by way of it."—Susan Ackerman, Lambda ebook Report

"Fascinating, provocative and lucid. . . . Brooten has made a primary contribution to women's and gender reviews, homosexual and lesbian experiences, and classics."—Elizabeth A. Castelli, Women's overview of Books

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for top Lesbian reports ebook, 1997

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II old authors frequently observed male homoeroticism during the lens of pederasty, during which the grownup male was once to play the energetic position and the boy the passive function. whereas we can't comprehend even if men consistently conformed to the ideology, that's, even if an identical male constantly penetrated his associate (rather than alternating roles), this is often the version upon which old Greek and Latin authors dependent their terminology for male homoeroticism. woman homoeroticism offered those authors with a challenge. in the event that they attempted to slot it right into a male version ofpenetrator and penetrated, theyencountered the matter that girls wouldn't have phalluses, which renders inappropriate the excellence among energetic and passive. One cultural reaction to this trouble used to be to depict one of many girls as having develop into like a guy, that's, as having a actual organ wherewith to penetrate her woman associate (an enlarged clitoris, a dildo, or a few unnamed phallus-like appendage). This reaction, even though, created one other challenge, specifically find out how to designate-and how one can evaluate-her "passive" girl companion. was once this passive girl easily one other lady doing what ladies are meant to do, particularly permitting themselves to be penetrated? accordingly she will be socially applicable, unfit of the scorn heaped on her "masculine" associate. This answer doesn't, although, fulfill a couple of historical male authors, who classifY either girl companions as unnatural, huge, or 10. For an research of the theoretical purposes for the invisibility within the 19th and 20th centuries of a "feminine lesbian" who has fallen in love with a "masculine one," see Teresa de Lauretis, "Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation," Theatre magazine forty (1988) 155-77; reprinted within the Lesbian and homosexual stories Reader, ed. Henry Abelove, Michele Aina Barala, and David M. Halperin (New York: Routledge, 1993), 141-58. eleven. For examples during which, even in the context of male-female family, the fellow was once unique with a passive time period, see John Boswell, Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe (New York: Villard, 1994) 57f, n. 18. 7 creation necessary ofdeath. consequently, a few authors classify either adult females as tribades. possibly those authors considered girl homoeroticism in phrases except penetrator/penetrated; they might have well-known that ladies may well interact within the extensive diversity oferotic postures and acts recognized within the historic international. or even they observed the "passive" lady accomplice as refusing to comply to the socially appropriate function of permitting herself to be penetrated by way of a guy. consequently, a lady will be referred to as a tribas simply because she didn't let herself to be penetrated by way of a guy and since she used to be erotically orientated towards girls, instead of towards males. The polemical personality of the terminology calls into query the accuracy of historical authors' depictions of such ladies. we don't have any facts for homoerotically orientated ladies bearing on themselves as tribades or frictrices. for that reason, we won't understand whether or not they did or no matter if those phrases have been only the polemical epithets in their rivals.

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