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Adah Isaacs Menken

19th century American poet and actress, a friend of George Sand while living in Paris. Her poems include themes of devotion and eroticism between women.

LHMP entry

This chapter would seem to undermine one of Faderman’s key themes: that people (especially, but not solely) women were completely in ignorance of the possibility of women engaging in sex together (however narrowly she is defining “sex”) until the writings of the sexologists educated them on those possibilities. Only then did women who had been convinced by their upbringings that they didn’t feel sexual desire suddenly begin engaging in genital sexual activity.

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