les·​bi·​an·​ism | \ ˈlez-bē-ə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of lesbianism

: female homosexuality

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At Narratively, Britni de la Cretaz looks at the history of lesbianism in early pro women’s baseball and at the beautiful, lifetime love stories the film chose to ignore. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "How American Women’s Pro Baseball Kept Lesbians in the Closet," 31 May 2018 To her credit, McDermid never makes lesbianism an issue in these mysteries, published between 1987 and 2003. Lloyd Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Crime fiction to heat up your summer reading list," 21 May 2018 There was not even a hint of lesbianism for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman movie in 2017 despite some of her most prominent writers pointing out the obvious. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Is Making Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian ‘Pansexual’ an Assault on Black Manhood? Maybe, but Not in the Way You Think," 18 May 2018 There was no legal definition of lesbianism in any case because under English law no such condition existed. Longreads, "The Roaring Girls of Queer London," 8 May 2018 These unchaperoned women, some people worried, could be pedaling away to engage in prostitution or lesbianism. Cycling trousers, along with women on bikes, were also a target of ridicule. Christine Ro, The Atlantic, "How Cycling Clothing Opened Doors for Women," 15 Apr. 2018 Her lesbianism was a source of conflict and comfort and helped shape her feminist politics. Salamishah Tillet, New York Times, "For Lorraine Hansberry, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Was Just the Start," 12 Jan. 2018 But while almost all effeminate guys are gay—so stigmatized is femininity in males (even in the gay community)—masculine swagger in women is less stigmatized and therefore somewhat less likely to correlate as strongly with lesbianism. Dan Savage, Chicago Reader, "‘Why do I always fall in love with lesbians?’," 20 Dec. 2017 Millett, who was then married to a man, but also slept with women, was quoted (or misquoted) in a magazine distancing herself from lesbianism. Joy Press, The Cut, "The Importance of Kate Millett," 8 Sep. 2017

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1870, in the meaning defined above

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les·​bi·​an·​ism | \ ˈlez-bē-ə-ˌniz-əm \

Medical Definition of lesbianism

: female homosexuality

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