Now that same-sex marriage is legal in many places, many lesbians are struggling with the word to call their partners. Much in the way some women have taken back the word "dyke. I put a not out to my Facebook friends and here are a few of their responses:. We're getting married and we don't want to be called wife and wife.
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T he Victorians are the perpetual defendants in a kangaroo court presided over by the present — so often indicted and rehabilitated that the effort grows wearisome. There are famous instances of such Victorian "cougar wives": Disraeli's wife, Mary Anne , was 12 years older than her husband. It was rumoured at the time that Disraeli under siege from his creditors had married her for her money. Later he came to relish her other virtues. Still, what needs revising is less our picture of the Victorians than our perceptions of ourselves, their enlightened descendants. As I argue in my forthcoming book, Family Secrets , the cloud of dust that the children and grandchildren of the Victorians kicked up about their emotional habits has masked how surprisingly wide the definition of a "normal" family was in the 19th century — especially as compared to what came later.
Mixed Orientation Marriage. A mixed-orientation marriage MOM is a marriage between partners of differing sexual orientations. Most commonly, one partner is bisexual, gay, or lesbian and the other is heterosexual. Sometimes, one partner is lesbian or gay, and the other is bisexual. In other couples, one is asexual or the two simply have different sexual interests.
The day after my birthday in June of , the U. I remember watching the news that day in awe — so many people came out to cheer and wave rainbow flags. Couples were kissing and crying and racing to the courthouse to tie the knot, some after spending decades in unrecognized relationships. It was a beautiful sight.