Beguines Boston Marriage And Bed Death

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast 

Episode 13d – Beguines, Boston Marriage, and Bed Death: Historic Archetypes of Asexual Lesbianism 

This show takes a tour through a variety of social models in European history that recognized committed romantic partnerships between women that did not focus on sexual desire.

In this episode we talk about

  • Emotional partnerships between women dedicated to religious chastity
  • The rise of Neo-Platonic friendship as a model for women’s relationships
  • The divergence between models of erotic and platonic female partnerships
  • The rise of the Romantic Friendship over the 17th to 19th centuries and how economic changes made it an achievable ideal
  • The origin of the term Boston Marriage
  • The concept of “political lesbianism”
  • The myth of “lesbian bed death” and how it can speak to some couples

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