lesbophilia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

lesbo- +‎ -philia

Noun[edit]

lesbophilia ‎(uncountable)

  1. A fetishistic fascination (typically in nonlesbians) with lesbians and erotic contact between women.
    • 1999, Elisabeth Ladenson, Proust's Lesbianism, Cornell University Press (1999), ISBN 0801435951, page 133:
      It is his lesbophilia that sets Proust's narrator apart from the author, that marks the novel as a novel rather than a perverse exercise in selective autobiography.
    • 2001, Gretchen Schultz, "Daughters of Bilitis: Literary Genealogy and Lesbian Authenticity", GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Volume 7, Number 3:
      More broadly, we might ask to what extent French literature, with its twin associations of high culture and lesbophilia, came to be an oblique but acceptable signifier for lesbianism in the popular imagination of the twentieth century.
    • 2004, Stacy Wolf, "'Something Better than This': Sweet Charity and the Feminist Utopia of Broadway Musicals", Modern Drama, Volume 47, Number 2, Summer 2004:
      Sweel Charity, like other backstage musicals, finds women in dressing rooms, sharing stockings and make-up, stories and sympathy in a setting that ideologically conveys rampant lesbophilia in the history of sexuality and offers spectatorial pleasures for feminist audiences.