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les·bi·an·ism

(lez'bē-ăn-izm),
Homosexuality in women.
Synonym(s): sapphism
[G. lesbios, relating to the island of Lesbos]
Sexual preference by women for other women
Medical issues Lesbianism is far less studied medically than male homosexuality. Early studies indicate that lesbians are more often obese, exercise less, smoke more, eat fewer fruits and vegetables, suffer more from anxiety and depression, and are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs. The trilogy of alcohol abuse, obesity and poor nutrition increases lesbians’ risk of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers. Sexually-transmitted infections seen in lesbians include bacterial vaginosis, HPV, trichomonas, and herpes. Syphilis, gonorrhoea, and HIV are relatively uncommon in lesbians

sapphism

Female homosexuality. See Lesbianism.

les·bi·an·ism

(lez'bē-ăn-izm)
Homosexuality involving women.
Synonym(s): sapphism.
[G. lesbios, relating to the island of Lesbos]
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Scholars who are more familiar with fin-de-siecle sapphism will especially appreciate Myriam Robic's insights into the transformation of French sapphic poetry between 1846 and 1889.
Dalloway in this entry reinforces the Sapphism in the novel.
From the earlier references to Constantinople in her novels, the view of the city by the two women would have been one of the ways Woolf suggested Sapphism.
If Woolf was influenced by the poem, her use of the city as a sign of Sapphism would be readily explained.
The association of Constantinople with the themes of Sapphism, death, and war rested largely on three separate strands of thought.
In order to understand both the symbolism of Constantinople and the latent Sapphism of Orlando, we must penetrate the mist.
In the texts in which Sapphism is first featured, the Sapphists themselves ate hardly hidden: they are prominently displayed.
Hipolito, of course, implies that la Gaditana's Sapphism is an innate and pathological affliction, a form of degeneration.
Sapphism is a naturally occurring deformity and an antinatural vice.
In other words, with an utter lack of previous information available on the subject, Roumagnac's (like Gamboa's) vague and ill informed constructions of Sapphism are among the few shreds of evidence that informed a public hungry for knowledge about sexuality, particularly in its "aberrant" forms.
Suggestions of sapphism could also be used to channel anxiety about other forms of social difference, to
The essays are divided under three headings: medicine; divinitory, speculative, and other sciences; and science and sapphisms.