It’s time for our series of posts here at Jessica Who?, titled “Word of the Week”. In these short articles, from here on out published each Friday, I will explore the various labels and umbrella terms used to label us. By doing this, I hope to educate not only myself, but also anyone who may not be familiar with these terms. Feel free to add your own knowledge to each post by leaving a comment .
The label that we will be examining is: Lesbian
Of or relating to homosexuality between females
I don’t think I’m in any position to give a clear answer on this one. I know that people do use this word in anger and I’ve heard that some gay women do not like the term, but I cannot say whether it is derogatory or not.
What’s It Really Mean?
A woman who loves another woman “in that way”
One may ask oneself, “Lesbian? How is that a transgender term?” . I asked the question in Monday’s Post if my wife and I were lesbians (at least part-time). The thing is, I have always been attracted to women and there has never been any deviance from that. However, my gender identity swings back and forth between male and female like a pendulum.
Technically speaking, that makes me a heterosexual male / homosexual female, right? Regardless of what I’m wearing, I can feel like either gender (binary) but most often somewhere in the middle. Perhaps that makes me a semi-lesbian?
Transitioning women that retain their attraction to women can consider themselves lesbians, though frequently they eschew labels in favor of what feels right at the time.
So it all depends on your perspective.
Have you anything to add? Please leave your take on this word in the comments section, I hope we can open up a dialogue and learn from each other while educating the masses.