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This continuum is "a range - through each woman's life and throughout history - of woman-identified experience, not simply the fact that a woman has had or consciously desired genital sexual experience with another woman". For Rich, this Lesbianism easily encompasses many more forms of Illinois oral sex "intensity between and among women, including the sharing of a rich inner life, the bonding against male tyranny, the giving and receiving of practical and political support.

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Shipp returned to Salt Lake City, she set up duscrete thriving medical practice and made enough money to send her other sister-wives through medical college or midwifery training. Indeed, her biographer claims that her sister-wives' "role in ensuring Ellis's professional advancement stands as a moving testimony to the close relationships possible among Mormon plural wives. Milford Shipp was almost Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho uninvolved in the lives of his wives.

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Despite the fact that Joseph Smith deified, eternalized, and pluralized heterosexuality through polygamy and temple ritual, early Mormon women found that their bodies, sensuality, and desires were neither tamed nor contained by obedience to the institution of polygamy.

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Carol Lasser, has documented that Victorian women in America, in order to formalize "Romantic Friendships" with other women, sometimes married brothers, becoming sisters-in-law and sharing a surname. She theorizes that marrying brothers "deepened their intimacy, extending it in new directions, further complicating the intricate balance of emotional and material ties, and perhaps offering a symbolic consummation of their passion" for each other.

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Sarah Louisa Bouton married Joseph Felt in as his first wife but according to a biography, aroundLouie the masculinized nickname she used met and "fell in love with" a young woman in her local LDS congregation named Alma Elizabeth Lizzie Mineer. But Lizzie's new responsibilities Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho bearing and raising children evidently proved too great a strain for her and Louie's relationship.

Five years later Louie Felt Adult want real sex NC in love with "another beautiful Latter-day Saint girl" named Lizzie Liddell, and again Joseph obligingly married her for Louie's sake.

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This time, however, May did not marry Joseph Felt. In May moved in with Louie, and Joseph permanently moved out of the house Louie had built and bought on her own.

These two women lived together for almost 40 years, and together presided over three of Mormonism's most significant institutions: According to their recent biographer, Felt and Anderson's relationship was a "symbiotic partnership with each compensating for the weaknesses and complementing the strengths of the other". The Children's Friend biography more bluntly declared that discrege friendship which had started when Sister Felt and Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho Anderson] met Those who watched their devotion to each other declare that there never were more ardent lovers than these two".

The same biography also calls the beginning of their relationship a "time of love feasting", and makes it clear that the two women shared the same bed.

For centuries, Dating Arlington for matures biblical characters David and Jonathan have been classic signifiers of male-male desire and Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho, because in the Hebrew scriptures, it was written in 2 Samuel 1: See David-Edward Desmond's gravestone for another Mormon reference to this homoerotic scripture.

While polygamy was instigated by Mormon men but subsequently appropriated by their wives as a powerful source for homosocialitythe women themselves created structures and discourses of sorority which allowed Lesbian expression.

The all-female Relief Society and Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association, as well Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho other early expressions of Mormon feminism, are all examples of female homosocial enclaves within the larger, male- dominated structures of power. In the papers of Women want sex Davy Lesbian poet Kate Thomas is the clipping of a poem which appears to have been printed in the Young Women's Journal at the turn of the century.

The poem, written by Sarah E. Pearson and entitled "Sister to Sister", beautifully describes the intensity of homosocial sorority that Pearson encountered "in the sunlight of the Gospel of Christ". For Pearson, Mormonism did not divide women against each other, but made of them sisters, and. Freeze, a fifty-year veteran of both the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association and Primary general boards, recalled in that "through these [all-female] agencies the women were seeking 'the life more abundant', desiring to bless and comfort each other and to cultivate the longing for higher things than the Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho pleasures of the day could afford", again recalling Adrienne Rich's definition of the Lesbian continuum.

Felt and May Anderson of the Primary apparently had Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho troubles reconciling their passionate relationship and their religion, other early Mormon women found it more difficult.

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For example, Kate Thomasa prolific, turn-of-the-century Mormon playwright and poet, withdrew somewhat from Mormonism while exploring her attraction to other women. Thomas, who never married, left Utah for New York City and Europe Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho but still maintained contact with Mormonism by writing lessons and poetry for the Relief Society and Young Ladies' manuals and magazines while on her extended absences.

However, some of her poetry of that same period reflects a growing disaffection with Mormonism.

Her father, Richard Kendall Thomas was avidly theatrical, acting as choreographer for Lookong Salt Lake Theater in its early days and then turning the family barn into a professional theater called the Barnacle.

At the age of nineteen Thomas began keeping a private journal of what she called her "love poetry" while attending courses in Salt Lake City at the LDS Business College.

This Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho consists almost entirely Lookkng love poems written to other women.

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Thomas also became an outspoken peace activist, anarchist, supporter of the very controversial League of Nations, and practitioner Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho Yoga. While having difficulties with her religion, it is clear in her writings that Thomas was able to reconcile her sexuality with her spirituality:.

But were I all the bards that ever sung Turned into one transcendent immortelle It seems to me I still would lack the tongue To say how long I'd love her or how well! Fall on her daily doubled o'er and o'er When world on world and worlds again shall roll God grant that we two shall still discrtee soul to soul!

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Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho night's gay mask - The outward wildness and Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho inward ache I cast off forever; from her lips I take joy never-ceasing.

Brown plain and her kiss Are all I ask. The word "gay" was used to describe same-sex male desire in the United States as early as That it meant homosexual desire to her is supported by the fact that the only time she used the word "gay" outside of poems written to other women, was in a poem about "Gay Narcissus", who has traditionally signified same-sex Pocatellk male desire.

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The following is a brief passage:. She raised her eyes.

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There looking I beheld The Sound of Music through the eyes of love. One historian commented that in this poem "the poet is speaking in the voice of one female to another Cornelia Cora Kasius was another Mormon Lesbian who left Utah for New York City, where Women wants casual sex Itmann West Virginia could gain economic security and career advancement, as well as explore Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho sexuality like thousands of other women who flocked to the anonymity of a large metropolis.

She also worked for 17 years as the publications editor for the Family Service Association of America, authored a number of books on social work, and in was honored by the National Conference on Social Welfare for her leadership role in social work. In the late s Kasius moved to Grammercy Park where she remained until Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho death in June Her family still lovingly remembers Cora for her intellect, humor, warmth, and generosity.

These women found avenues for exploring passion between women within official Mormon structures such as the Relief Society. Thus it comes as no surprise that the Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho radical discourse of Mormon sorority, that of early Mormon feminism, also Friend is good Waterbury Connecticut vital space in which women could desire other women romantically and sexually.

Historian of Mormon feminism, Maxine Hanks, has recovered one of the most important documents relating to Lesbianism in Victorian America: In the 's Mormon women began publishing an ecclesiastically sanctioned feminist periodical called the Woman's Exponent.

The 15 April issue reprinted from a New York paper an article by the pseudonymous "Fanny Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho, tellingly entitled "Women Lovers". To clarify the possibly confusing wording of the document, I should explain that two kinds of "women discretf are being described: The complete text of this brief but remarkable article follows:.

Women Lovers Perhaps you do not know it, but there are women who fall in love with each other.

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Woe be to the unfortunate she, who does the courting! All the cursedness of ingenuity peculiar to the sex is employed by "the other party" in tormenting her. She will flirt with women Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho the score who are brighter and handsomer than her victim.

She will call on them oftener. She will praise their best bonnets and go into ecstasies over their dresses. She will write them more pink notes [love letters], and wear their 'tin- types,'[photos] and when despair has culminated, and sore-hearted Araminta takes to her bed in consequence, then only will this conquering 'she' step off her pedestal to pick up her dead and wounded.

But then, women must keep their hand in. This significant Looking for discrete Pocatello Idaho colors the women of the Exponentand indeed of the entire early Mormon feminist movement, a distinct shade of lavender. As Gay Mormon historian D. Michael Quinn explains, Louise L. Greene's decision, as editor of the Woman's Exponentto reprint this brief essay "indicates her assumption that 'Women Lovers' was of interest to Horny women in Hunlock Creek, PA women.