Lesbian Origins

This article from BBC outlines a local movement to deem the term ‘Lesbian’ applicable only to those from the island of Lesbos.

The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, had claimed that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violated the human rights of the islanders – who call themselves Lesbians – and disgraces them around the world.

He argued it caused daily problems to the social life of Lesbos’s inhabitants.

Daily problems? C’mon now. I can think of far worse things than having to explain where one is from.

I had no idea, but according to the article:

The island’s name was applied to gay women in acknowledgement of the female poet Sappho, who wrote love poems about both women and men in about 600 BC.

Good to know.



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One Response to “Lesbian Origins”

  1. Archie Says:

    Yeah, I’m a little curious about what “daily problems” constitute.

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