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You’ll also find a smattering of comments about the need for ‘penance’ by women engaging in illicit homosexual or pansexual activities in Christian, Arabic and Jewish texts in medieval Europe. However, research does indicate that alternative relationships are increasing – and becoming more acceptable in society.It wouldn’t be until the late 19th century that lesbianism (or bisexuality) would become more culturally visible in England and continental Europe. One only has to look to popular culture – with TV shows like ‘Ellen,’ ‘The L Word,’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ and films like ‘Carol’ and ‘The Kids Are Alright’ - as well as songs such as Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’ - to see a growing embrace of alternative lifestyles.Before diving into the dating pool, it’s important to remember a few basic precepts. Ridley: feel no shame in your choice; be completely open about your expectations; and remember the experience may have no bearing on your sexual orientation or preference – but it could be an important aid for your own sexual identity.You are a woman who is now open to the idea of dating other women.
Perhaps you are frustrated or have had negative encounters with men? Or you are simply curious and find it appealing to see someone who is more in sync with what a woman needs?
So if you are a lonely wife trapped in a sexless marriage or are simply curious to experiment romantically with both sexes, or are committed to female partners only – know that the choice is yours to make - with less fear of the archaic label of adultery.
Through the years, the concept of women who prefer the company of other women – sexually, emotionally, socially - has always been spoken of in hushed tones or been rationalized to meet societal standards defined by men.
Or is your relationship deemed a “marriage lavender?
” In this case, a man and woman decide to marry in order to disguise the homosexuality of one or both partners – and again, with no consideration of romantic love or sexual attraction.