tribadism


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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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(32.) On tribadism generally, see Brooten 1996 (with Castelli 1998); Hallett 1997; and Boehringer 2007, s.v.
(35) In this realm, large labia have often been associated with deviance--at least since the sixteenth century they have indicated to doctors the alleged presence of hypersexuallty, onanism, and possible "tribadism" or lesbian tendencies.
Direct genital-to-genital stimulation (tribadism) can be an unsafe practice because it may lead to mucosal exposure to blood or sexual fluids.
The book proceeds with chapters that range widely over "the Cultural Context of Early Christianity," including intriguing material on Greek homoerotic love spells from Egypt, astrological manuals that posit the stars as the cause of homoerotic desire, medical treatises that diagnose enlarged clitorises as the cause and proof of tribadism, and a Roman classification scheme that provides guidelines for interpreting dreams of female-female intercourse.
At that point, Renaissance humanists resurrected discussion of tribades in their commentaries on Sappho and Martial, while anatomists and physicians augmented Greek and Arab descriptions of tribadism with empirical information culled from anatomical dissection of the clitoris.(14) Only with the early modern publication of classical and humanist literature and Latin and vernacular anatomies was the concept of tribadism put into widespread circulation.
In the New York City House of Detention, for example, women prisoners engaged in "bull diking," and their love affairs included regular tribadism. At other institutions, "wives" and "husbands" found ways to send sexually explicit love letters to each other.