The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: Beguines Boston Marriage And Bed Death

August 26, 2017

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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