It’s different from being with a man, for all the obvious reasons, and many more that you’d never imagine. For one thing, it’s more emotional, and there’s less to prove. There are moments that are soft and tender, and others that are raw and intense — but it’s not as if there’s a guy to play the dominant role and a girl to play the passive one. We take turns being protected and being the protector.
Sex with a woman is what you wish it was with a man but rarely seems to be: all about the journey, and not the destinations. It’s foreplay forever. It is the freedom to not have to suck in your stomach or think about cellulite. It is being able to say, that feels good and, more important, that doesn’t. I will admit that, at first, it was strange to curl up in Vanessa’s arms when I was used to resting against a muscular chest — but the strangeness wasn’t unpleasant. Just unfamiliar, as if I’d suddenly moved to the rainforest after living in the desert.
It is another kind of beautiful.” — Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home
Is there any special symbol for lesbianism? Like the pink triangle for gays?
There are many unique symbols which represent various groups within the LGBTQ* at any given moment in history.
Where the Pink Triangle started as a symbol used to condemn gay men during the Holocaust and then became a symbol of empowerment in the late 1960s/early 1970s, many lesbians used the Labrys.
The Labrys, or double-headed battle ax (now, now, are you done with the joke?), is based on a symbol found in ancient Crete. The Labrys became a symbol of feminist and lesbian empowerment in the 1970s.
During this time, women (mostly lesbian focused groups) reclaimed the inverted Black Triangle. While the Pink Triangle was reserved for men tried for homosexuality (laws created by Paragraph 175), women who did not fit the ideal role of women within Nazi structure where often given a black triangle. Some people speculate this included lesbian women. However, there hasn’t been many documented printings of Black Triangle stories.
Blue stars where also the sign of lesbian/alternative women at the turn of the 20th Century.