The name "Lesbian" is derived the name of the Greek island of Lesbos, home to the 6th-century BCE poet
Sappho. Historians believe a group of young women were left in Sappho's charge for their instruction or cultural
edification. Sappho's poems have strong emotions of female relationships.
Lesbians have had to deal with a largely negative societal impression throughout history. As Julie wrote MBC,
"Lesbians of my generation in US (Gen X) found the movies Little Darlings, Foxes, Rocky Horror and early
black-and-white vampire movies significant. Kristy McNicol got us hot. We had little external homophobia but lots of
internal homophobia and sexual confusion confounded by the likes of Dear Abby who advised that same sex
attraction was normal for heterosexuals and was just a passing phase. We had little awareness and few role
Most of us got married to men and had children only to finally come out to ourselves and others in our 30's. A lot of us
spent our time nursing gay men who died of aids and fighting for aids research while putting the fight for our rights
aside. There is some bitterness there. Because women are so undervalued in the workplace, a couple consisting of
two women is at a financial disadvantage compared to a straight couple or a gay male couple."
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