les·​bi·​an·​ism | \ ˈlez-bē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce lesbianism (audio) \

Definition of lesbianism

: romantic or sexual attraction between women

Examples of lesbianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The argument destigmatizes lesbianism while also minimizing its erotic and social power, its centrality to both pleasure and politics. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 In 1936, for example, the ACLU challenged the City of Boston’s decision to ban Lillian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour for daring to include a theme of lesbianism. Susan N. Herman, Marie Claire, 19 Jan. 2020 Critics have questioned Maisel’s mothering, debated whether the show celebrates white feminism, hides lesbianism and skips over racial discord. Mark Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, 6 Dec. 2019 Critics have questioned Maisel’s mothering, debated whether the show celebrates white feminism, hides lesbianism and skips over racial discord. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2019 Between all the partying, lesbianism, hallucinations about the personification of Death (played by Wiz Khalifa), and crossdressing in the new Dickinson trailer, Hailee Steinfeld‘s Emily Dickinson is truly ahead of her time. Nick Romano, EW.com, 18 Oct. 2019 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, 31 May 2018 To her credit, McDermid never makes lesbianism an issue in these mysteries, published between 1987 and 2003. Lloyd Sachs, chicagotribune.com, 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, 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of lesbianism

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Lesbianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesbianism. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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les·​bi·​an·​ism | \ ˈlez-bē-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce lesbianism (audio) \

Medical Definition of lesbianism

: romantic or sexual attraction between women

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