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Les Fleurs du Mal (Les Lesbiennes) (Charles Baudelaire)

19th century French collection of poetry originally titled “Les Lesbiennes”, dealing with images of decadent lesbian sexuality.

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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