Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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Polyamory, Lesbianism and Sexual Fluidity: Polyamory as a Choice for Lesbian-Identified Women Exploring Sexual Relationships with Men
Karin Wandrei

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Date: 2015-09-25 02:30 PM – 04:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-07


In the organized lesbian-feminist movement in the United States during the 1970’s and 1980’s, women who wanted to explore their sexuality with men were often viewed as heretics, traitors to the cause.  Often they were kicked out of the community.  Women who did this had a strong incentive to not talk about it.   Research suggests that many lesbian-identified women have had sexual experiences with men post coming out.  Almost no research exists on how this impacts on various aspects of their lives, such as their sexual orientation, pre-existing relationships, and their sexuality. Over the years the author has met a number of women of this generation of lesbian-feminists in the polyamorous community in the San Francisco Bay area.  Many continue to be involved with women and sometimes continue their involvement in the lesbian community. Is it possible that polyamory is a way to hold on to the positive aspects of their lesbian identity while also giving them the support to become involved with men?