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tribadism

(trĭb′ăd-ĭzm) [Gr. tribein, to rub, + -ismos, condition]
A relationship in which women attempt to imitate heterosexual intercourse with each other.
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The tribade was a powerful fantasy--hermaphrodites were likely included under this label, but otherwise the differences in size were mostly imaginary--because "clitoral hypertrophy metonymizes women's supposedly inordinate capacity for pleasure" (209).
David Halperin discovered an antiquity populated by molles (effeminate men) and tribades (masculine women), and George Chauncey's early 20th-century gay New York City was a world that had a place for "trade," "husbands," "wolves," "fairies," "third-sexers," and "punks.
The figures who desire or are desired constitute a rich ancient taxonomy, including, among others, the erastes (an older male lover); the eromenos (his willing but not passionate younger male beloved); the kinaidos (typically the male who perversely desires to be sexually penetrated "like a woman"); the gunaikes (citizen-wives), hetaera (courtesans) and pornae (common prostitutes); and the tribades (females who perversely perform sexual acts on other women "like a man").
The female tribades correspondingly asserts an active or "masculine" role in sexual practices with other women.
The participants belonged to all shades of life, and to different categories including politicians, executives, doctors engineers, factory workers, scientists, technicians, even prostitutes lesbians and tribades.
Classicist David Halperin uncovers in ancient Greece a society populated by molles, or effeminate men, and tribades, or masculine women.
Valerie Traub has written of (mostly European) women who were tried and often executed for transgressing gender boundaries and acting like men--either by cross-dressing, employing dildos, or acting as tribades either with or without abnormally large clitorises.