Healthy lesbian dating
Lesbian women face unique mental health issues — in addition to the ones all members of the LGBT community face — because they exist in a marginalized section of an already marginalized community.
Exploring the effects of discrimination and prejudice only scratches the surface of their mental health challenges.
People who use terms such as “butch” do not necessarily identify as lesbian, further complicating the issue.
There are many queer women who identify as butch and some heterosexual women who use that label. Should we say “lesbian,” “lesbian women,” “gay women” or maybe something else?
When relationships progress rapidly, it can be difficult for one partner to detect signs of the other partner’s potential to be unstable or abusive.
The victim might condone dangerous or inappropriate behavior after interpreting it as a method of showing love and passion.
It can be difficult for lesbian women to identify their partner’s behavior as abusive, according to a study published in the Journal of Homosexuality. “[People in the LGBT community] work so hard for legitimacy,” Ault said.
“It feels very vulnerable to acknowledge that the relationships we work to have recognized are sometimes toxic.” When lesbian women realize they are in an abusive relationship, disclosing this information to others and seeking help can be challenging.
More so than other members of the LGBT community, lesbian women feel pressure to label themselves with terms they are not necessarily comfortable with.
The reasons for higher rates of violence in lesbian relationships are not clear.
Stories from lesbian women who survived intimate partner violence, however, provide insights into why lesbian relationships often become toxic, violent or emotionally abusive.
“Feminist” is another label people pressure lesbians to consider.
There are historical and current conflicts between lesbian feminism, mainstream feminism and radical feminism.