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Exlusive lesbians argue that what separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. By this definition, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women, as well some non-binary transgender individuals.

Inclusionist lesbians agree that the term lesbian was only considered an exclusive term after the advent of lesbian separatism in the 1970s, rooted in the same ideology as trans exclusivity. Inclusionist lesbians maintain that anyone who wants to label themselves as a lesbian has the right to do so without question and that for centuries lesbian has been defined as 'women who love women.' Despite this historical fact, exclusionist lesbians hang onto outdated notions of 'gold star' lesbianism, claiming that anyone who has ever had an attraction to or relationship with a man or nonbinary person cannot call themselves a lesbian. Many inclusionists believe that the difference in meaning between sapphic and lesbian is negligible, with 'sapphic' rising in popularity at least partially because of hateful attitudes toward non-'gold star' lesbians, trans men who identify with lesbianism or dykehood, lesbians who use he/him pronouns, and nonbinary people by exclusionist lesbians, who have come to dominate the cultural discourse around lesbianism.

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Exlusive lesbians argue that what separates sapphism Sapphic differs from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. By this definition, lesbian because sapphic is an adjective that explicitly includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] any women attracted to women, as well some non-binary transgender individuals.

Inclusionist lesbians agree that the term
whereas many define lesbian was as only considered an exclusive term after the advent of lesbian separatism in the 1970s, rooted in the same ideology as trans exclusivity. Inclusionist lesbians maintain that anyone who wants including women exclusively attracted to label themselves as a lesbian has the right to do so without question and that for centuries lesbian has been defined as 'women who love women.' Despite this historical fact, exclusionist lesbians hang onto outdated notions of 'gold star' lesbianism, claiming that anyone who has ever had an attraction to or relationship with a man or nonbinary person cannot call themselves a lesbian. Many inclusionists believe that the difference in meaning between sapphic and lesbian is negligible, with 'sapphic' rising in popularity at least partially because of hateful attitudes toward non-'gold star' lesbians, trans men women. Nonbinary people who identify with lesbianism womanhood, or dykehood, lesbians even just with sapphicism, are included in these labels as well.

There's an ongoing debate within the sapphic community over whether "lesbian" is more inclusive than women
who use he/him pronouns, and nonbinary people by exclusionist lesbians, who have come to dominate the cultural discourse around lesbianism.
only love women.


Inclusionist lesbians agree that the term lesbian was only considered an exclusive term after the advent of lesbian separatism in the 1970s, rooted in the same ideology as trans exclusivity. Inclusionist lesbians maintain that anyone who wants to label themselves as a lesbian has the right to do so without question and that for centuries lesbian has been defined as 'women who love women.' Despite this historical fact, exclusionist lesbians hang onto outdated notions of 'gold star' lesbianism, claiming that anyone who has ever had an attraction to or relationship with a man or nonbinary person cannot call themselves a lesbian. Many inclusionists believe that the difference in meaning between sapphic and lesbian is negligible, rising in popularity at least partially because of hateful attitudes toward non-'gold star' lesbians, trans men who identify with lesbianism or dykehood, lesbians who use he/him pronouns, and nonbinary people by exclusionist lesbians, who have come to dominate the cultural discourse around lesbianism.

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Inclusionist lesbians agree that the term lesbian was only considered an exclusive term after the advent of lesbian separatism in the 1970s, rooted in the same ideology as trans exclusivity. Inclusionist lesbians maintain that anyone who wants to label themselves as a lesbian has the right to do so without question and that for centuries lesbian has been defined as 'women who love women.' Despite this historical fact, exclusionist lesbians hang onto outdated notions of 'gold star' lesbianism, claiming that anyone who has ever had an attraction to or relationship with a man or nonbinary person cannot call themselves a lesbian. Many inclusionists believe that the difference in meaning between sapphic and lesbian is negligible, with 'sapphic' rising in popularity at least partially because of hateful attitudes toward non-'gold star' lesbians, trans men who identify with lesbianism or dykehood, lesbians who use he/him pronouns, and nonbinary people by exclusionist lesbians, who have come to dominate the cultural discourse around lesbianism.


Exlusive lesbians argue that what separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. To exclusionists, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women, as well some non-binary transgender individuals.

Inclusionist lesbians agree that the term lesbian was only considered an exclusive term after the advent of lesbian separatism in the 1970s, rooted in the same ideology as trans exclusivity. Inclusionist lesbians maintain that anyone who wants to label themselves as a lesbian has the right to do so without question and that for centuries lesbian has been defined as 'women who love women.' Despite this historical fact, exclusionist lesbians hang onto outdated notions of 'gold star' lesbianism, claiming that anyone who has ever had an attraction to or relationship with a man or nonbinary person cannot call themselves a lesbian.

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Exlusive lesbians argue that what separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. To exclusionists, By this definition, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women, as well some non-binary transgender individuals.

Inclusionist lesbians agree that the term lesbian was only considered an exclusive term after the advent of lesbian separatism in the 1970s, rooted in the same ideology as trans exclusivity. Inclusionist lesbians maintain that anyone who wants to label themselves as a lesbian has the right to do so without question and that for centuries lesbian has been defined as 'women who love women.' Despite this historical fact, exclusionist lesbians hang onto outdated notions of 'gold star' lesbianism, claiming that anyone who has ever had an attraction to or relationship with a man or nonbinary person cannot call themselves a lesbian.
lesbian. Many inclusionists believe that the difference in meaning between sapphic and lesbian is negligible, rising in popularity at least partially because of hateful attitudes toward non-'gold star' lesbians, trans men who identify with lesbianism or dykehood, lesbians who use he/him pronouns, and nonbinary people by exclusionist lesbians, who have come to dominate the cultural discourse around lesbianism.




Some inclusionist lesbians believe that the rise in popularity of the term 'sapphic' is a direct cause of the hateful attitudes toward non-'gold star' lesbians and nonbinary people by exclusionist lesbians, who have come to dominate the cultural discourse around lesbianism.


Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women, as well some non-binary transgender individuals.

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Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women, as well some non-binary transgender individuals.\n



Usage of the term has gained popularity in progressive and LGBTQ spaces, especially as a less gender-restricted term. Many UsefulNotes/{{transgender}} people prefer to use the terminology to describe themselves if they identify as wholly or partially female and/or non-binary. In this way, they can escape a lot of the excessively-gendered tropes attached to the term, such as ButchLesbian and LipstickLesbian.

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Exlusive lesbians argue that what separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. To exclusionists, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women, as well some non-binary transgender individuals.

Inclusionist lesbians agree that the term lesbian was only considered an exclusive term after the advent of lesbian separatism in the 1970s, rooted in the same ideology as trans exclusivity. Inclusionist lesbians maintain that anyone who wants to label themselves as a lesbian has the right to do so without question and that for centuries lesbian has been defined as 'women who love women.' Despite this historical fact, exclusionist lesbians hang onto outdated notions of 'gold star' lesbianism, claiming that anyone who has ever had an attraction to or relationship with a man or nonbinary person cannot call themselves a lesbian.

Usage of the term has gained popularity in progressive and LGBTQ spaces, especially as a less gender-restricted term. Many Some UsefulNotes/{{transgender}} people prefer to use the terminology to describe themselves if they identify as wholly or partially female and/or non-binary. In this way, they can escape a lot of the excessively-gendered tropes attached to the term, such as ButchLesbian and LipstickLesbian.


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Some inclusionist lesbians believe that the rise in popularity of the term 'sapphic' is a direct cause of the hateful attitudes toward non-'gold star' lesbians and nonbinary people by exclusionist lesbians, who have come to dominate the cultural discourse around lesbianism.


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Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women as well. Some definitions include non-binary transgender individuals.

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Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women women, as well. Some definitions include well some non-binary transgender individuals.


Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women (cis or trans) and femme non-binaries who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women and femme non-binaries. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women as well.

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Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women (cis or trans) and femme non-binaries who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women and femme non-binaries.women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women as well.
well. Some definitions include non-binary transgender individuals.



Usage of the term has gained popularity in progressive and LGBTQ spaces, especially as a less gender-restricted term. Many [[UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} transgender]] people prefer to use the terminology to describe themselves if they identify as wholly or partially female. In this way, they can escape a lot of the excessively-gendered tropes attached to the term, such as ButchLesbian and LipstickLesbian.

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Usage of the term has gained popularity in progressive and LGBTQ spaces, especially as a less gender-restricted term. Many [[UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} transgender]] UsefulNotes/{{transgender}} people prefer to use the terminology to describe themselves if they identify as wholly or partially female.female and/or non-binary. In this way, they can escape a lot of the excessively-gendered tropes attached to the term, such as ButchLesbian and LipstickLesbian.


Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women as well.

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Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women (cis or trans) and femme non-binaries who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women.women and femme non-binaries. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women as well.


In general, the term is also used to avoid attachment to scores of previous organizations and movements that have flavored and defined what it [[Main/NoTrueScotsman truly means]] to be "lesbian" or woman who likes women.

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In general, the term is also used to avoid attachment to scores of previous organizations and movements that have flavored and defined what it [[Main/NoTrueScotsman truly means]] to be "lesbian" or a woman who likes women.


Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/Asexuality asexual]] women as well.

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Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] [[Main/Asexuality [[Main/{{Asexuality}} asexual]] women as well.


Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] asexual women as well.

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Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] asexual [[Main/Asexuality asexual]] women as well.


Usage of the term has gained popularity in progressive or LGBTQ spaces, especially as a less gender-restricted term. Many [[UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} transgender]] people prefer to use the terminology to describe themselves if they identify as wholly or partially female. In this way, they can escape a lot of the excessively-gendered tropes attached to the term, such as ButchLesbian and LipstickLesbian.

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Usage of the term has gained popularity in progressive or and LGBTQ spaces, especially as a less gender-restricted term. Many [[UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} transgender]] people prefer to use the terminology to describe themselves if they identify as wholly or partially female. In this way, they can escape a lot of the excessively-gendered tropes attached to the term, such as ButchLesbian and LipstickLesbian.


Usage of the term has gained popularity on progressive or LGBTQ spaces, especially as a less gender-restricted term. Many [[UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} transgender]] people prefer to use the terminology to describe themselves if they identify as wholly or partially female. In this way, they can escape a lot of the excessively-gendered tropes attached to the term, such as ButchLesbian and LipstickLesbian.

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Usage of the term has gained popularity on in progressive or LGBTQ spaces, especially as a less gender-restricted term. Many [[UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} transgender]] people prefer to use the terminology to describe themselves if they identify as wholly or partially female. In this way, they can escape a lot of the excessively-gendered tropes attached to the term, such as ButchLesbian and LipstickLesbian.


In general, the term is also used to avoid attachment to scores of previous organizations and movements that have flavored and defined what it [[Main/NoTrueScotsman truly means]] a "lesbian" or woman who likes women.

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In general, the term is also used to avoid attachment to scores of previous organizations and movements that have flavored and defined what it [[Main/NoTrueScotsman truly means]] a to be "lesbian" or woman who likes women.


Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] asexual women as well

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Sapphism (adj. sapphic) is a {{retool}} term that refers to women who have romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. What separates sapphism from [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbianism]] is inclusivity. Specifically, sapphic is an adjective that includes not only lesbians, but [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]], pansexual, and [[UsefulNotes/RomanticOrientation homo/bi/pan-romantic]] asexual women as well
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