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Boston Marriages

Romantic But Asexual Relationships Among Contemporary Lesbians

Esther D. Rothblum (editor) Kathleen A. Brehony (editor)

ISBN: 9780870238765

Publication Date: Nov 1993

Format: Paperback

Boston marriage was first used to describe single women living together, with the presumption that their liaisons were non-sexual. The authors argue that in a sexually preoccupied society, we have no understanding of the intensely romantic but asexual friendships formed by some lesbians.

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For decades, the term "Boston marriage" was used to describe single women who lived together and shared their lives. The presumption was that these partnerships were non-sexual. In recent years, however, the opposite presumption has prevailed, causing some women involved in Boston marriages to hide the asexual nature of their relationship from the lesbian community. Convinced that Boston marriages are both legitimate and important, Esther D. Rothblum and Kathleen A. Brehony argue that in a society that defines intimacy by the occurrence of sexual activity, we have no word for - and therefore no understanding of - the intensely romantic but asexual relationships that some lesbians form. By bringing these relationships "out of the closet" and discussing them openly, the editors and other contributors to this volume challenge our views about lesbianism, and address larger questions concerning the construction of sexuality and sexual identity. How, for example, do we define lesbianism? What constitutes a romantic involvement? If a couple does not engage in sex, are they still considered lovers? The study includes ten personal accounts by women involved in Boston marriages as well as theoretical essays by Lillian Faderman, Marnie Hall, JoAnn Loulan, Suzanna Rose, Debra Zand, Marie Cini, and Laura Brown.
Pages 248
Date Published 30 Nov 1993
Publisher University of Massachusetts Press
Subject/s Gender studies, gender groups   Behavioural theory (Behaviourism)   Biography & True Stories   Sexual behaviour   Lesbian studies  

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