The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast

Beguines, Boston Marriage, and Bed Death: Historic Archetypes of Asexual Lesbianism - The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast Episode 16

September 15, 2020

Beguines, Boston Marriage, and Bed Death: Historic Archetypes of Asexual Lesbianism

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 16 with Heather Rose Jones

This show takes a tour through a variety of social models in European history that recognized committed romantic partnerships between women that did not focus on sexual desire.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Emotional partnerships between women dedicated to religious chastity
  • The rise of Neo-Platonic friendship as a model for women’s relationships
  • The divergence between models of erotic and platonic female partnerships
  • The rise of the Romantic Friendship over the 17th to 19th centuries and how economic changes made it an achievable ideal
  • The origin of the term Boston Marriage
  • The concept of “political lesbianism”
  • The myth of “lesbian bed death” and how it can speak to some couples

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project here:

A transcript of this podcast is available here.

Links to the Lesbian Historic Motif Project Online

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