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The inclusion of this article in The Lesbian Premodern was what spurred me to track down Bennett's more extensive article on this memorial, and thus to create the podcast episode on joint same-sex grave memorials through the ages. Artifacts like this and the context around them always inspire me to imagine the personal stories of the women involved.

It isn't entirely uncommon in myth and legend for a woman to become pregnant without the participation of a (human) man. It's rather less common to find stories in which pregnancy is attributed to sexual activity between women--whether, as in this case, with divine assistance, or as in the case in an early Irish text, where the sperm is leftover from one of the women's prior heterosexual activity. With all the fertility technology we have today, the idea of two women being co-genetic parents of a child is still mostly theoretical.

A vacation schedule affects one's sense of time even without the distractions I've had during this particular holiday season. (The sort that will make amusing family stories for years to come.) So I almost forgot it was LHMP day! This amusing meditation on the interpretation of fashionable female figures in medieval manuscripts that belonged to women as being a psychological equivalent of "barbie dolls" seems to fit in well on a day for toys and presents. I hope all my readers are enjoying whatever winter holidays they prefer.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 19c - Book Appreciation with Ellen Klages

(Originally aired 2018/02/17 - listen here)

Ellen Klages returns to the podcast to talk about some favorite lesbian historical stories.

No transcript is available for this podcast.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 19b - Interview with Ellen Klages

(Originally aired 2018/02/10 - listen here)

I talk with Ellen Klages about her novella "Passing Strange" and her love of 20th century history.

No transcript is available for this show at this time.

I've attended several sessions of papers at the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo that discussed the overtly sensual and erotic language included in male ecclesiastical correspondence, particularly of the medieval period. When discussing male clergy of, for example, 12-14th century France, one can triangulate on the relationship between texts that strike the modern ear as decidedly homoerotic and larger social discussions and concerns regarding sexual relations between men either in monasteries or among the clergy.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 18a - On the Shelf for January 2018 - Transcript

(Originally aired 2018/01/06 - listen here)

Welcome to On the Shelf for January 2018.

Fiction Submissions Open

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 17e - 2017 Roundup - Transcript

(Originally aired 2017/12/30 - listen here)

It’s an extra Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast falling at the end of the year, so I thought I’d use if for some musings on the podcast and the blog. On what I’ve been doing with it, what I have planned, and where I hope to go.

I find some interesting parallels in the concept of grouping lesbians and virgins together in a category "not women" (that is, women not sexually available to men) with the practice in some circles of the publishing world of creating projects or access campaigns on a category encompassing women, non-binary, and sometimes including trans people of all identifications. The unifying factor in the publishing approach is to recognize the historic privileged access that cis men have been given to publishing opportunities and to try to include writers who have not had access to that privilege.

Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - Episode 17d - Death did not them Depart - transcript

(Originally aired 2017/1/23 - listen here)


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