'Lesbian': A dirty word

Why is the term 'lesbian' still a highly stigmatized word, even as the LGBTQ+ community makes strides toward equality and inclusion--so much so that many women are more comfortable using the term 'gay' to describe their sexual identity?

Miranda Stephenson explores the various connotations that have been hard to shake off and makes a compelling argument for why it's important to reclaim the term lesbian, once and for all.

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Why is 'lesbian' still a dirty word?


Stephenson, Miranda, and Miranda Stephenson (2020, June 20). “Why Is ‘lesbian’ Still a Dirty Word?” Varsity Online https://www.varsity.co.uk/lifestyle/19492

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