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She focused on the beauty of women and proclaimed her love for girls. The terms lesbian, invert and homosexual were interchangeable with sapphist and sapphism around the turn of the 20th century. In the middle of the 19th century, medical writers attempted to establish ways to identify male homosexuality, which was considered a significant social problem in most Western societies. In categorizing behavior that indicated what was referred to as " inversion " by German sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld , researchers categorized what was normal sexual behavior for men and women, and therefore to what extent men and women varied from the "perfect male sexual type" and the "perfect female sexual type". In some cases, it was not acknowledged to exist.
Ancient Greece[ edit ] The evidence about female homosexuality in the ancient Greek world is limited, it being hardly mentioned in extant Greek literature. At least among these Athenian men, the discussion and depiction of female homosexual activity seems to have been taboo. Two poets from the archaic period, Sappho and Alcman , have been interpreted as writing about female homosexual desire. Alcman wrote hymns known as partheneia, [note 1] which discuss attraction between young women.
I realized that I am lesbian when I was in my O level because I used to have feelings for my fellow girls. When I finished my A level during my vacation, my parents realized or got to know that am a lesbian because they used to hear rumors from people and they used to see my partner visiting me. When they asked me I denied so what they did, my brother got me his friend to be my boyfriend I did not like it but I accepted and started to pretend just to take away what they heard about me because I still wanted my family and to study.