Why is there an L in LGBT, anyway?
Lesbians are gay. They’re attracted to the same gender.
Why are you separating males and females who feel the same type of attraction?
Hi ho! I dunno if this is just a speculative question or if you want an answer, but I personally find it really interesting from both a linguistic standpoint and a gender studies/ queer studies standpoint.
The term lesbian was actually popularized by gay women during the feminist movement of the mid-1900s. They wanted to establish their own space in gay communities and emphasize that their homosexual experiences were directly affected by their being women, so they began pressing the term lesbian for themselves (which had been coined in the 1800s after the Greek poet Sapphos, who lived on the isle of Lesbos). It was a way to prevent being lumped in with gay men whose experiences were very different and tended to steamroll their own voices. Not only that, but homosexual women felt that “gay” had a very male connotation, to the point where one could say gay and be understood as referring to men whereas “gay women” was a necessarily complete phrase if you wanted to include any women at all. By using “lesbian,” they made sure that their female gender was very upfront and blatant— no way were they going to let themselves be ignored or made invisible, not for any reason.
And actually, it worked. They carved out a large enough space that (most) queer organizations today readily support their gay women as strongly and wholeheartedly as their gay men. Thats why, in recent years (the last two-ish decades i believe), theres been more acceptance of gay as a gender neutral term, and so homosexual women tend to be more free or loose in using either gay or lesbian to describe themselves. They may prefer one or the other for personal reasons. But originally, adding the L was a way to proclaim that there is a space for women in the queer community. That people wonder why there is that separation in the acronym is, in my opinion, testament to the success of its addition.
toph can see everything from the swamp. she sees her daughters everyday. they just dont know it
Can’t she technically bend wherever she can see? Like this?
What if they have stone floors and she moves things in their rooms just slightly- Suyin’s favorite pens go missing for weeks, then turn up back in their normal spot, there’s a painting in Lin’s apartment that is always off kilter, no matter how many times she fixes it. Very subtly driving them both crazy.
What’s the difference between white people and yogurt?
If you leave yogurt alone for 200 years it will develop it’s own cultures.
Wow, look at all the white people with no culture.
i had a crush on this guy and i decided to pull a Pavlov on him by offering him whenever i saw him this brand of candy he seemed to really like and after a while whenever he saw me he got excited for a second then you could see his expression shift to wondering the why the hell was he so happy to see me and i swear it was the evilest thing but also the most hilarious i made a guy like me by conditioning him into associating me to a candy he liked