Charlotte Wolff, pioneer in the field of lesbian and bisexual studies, on why she thinks the word “lesbian” is “absolutely idiotic”.
Are we all a little bit androgynous? In her book “Bisexuality: A Study”, Charlotte Wolff highlights Sandra Bem’s writings on people who do not conform to gender stereotypes. The person who combines the best of ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ traits, Bem argues, embodies the highest standard of psychological health.
“‘In every sexual act four persons are involved’. This is, indeed, the very essence of bisexuality.” Charlotte Wolff wrestles with Freud in her book “Bisexuality: A Study”.
“Some women were as tall as men or taller, of athletic build, and with as powerful a musculature as males. The development of their breasts and hips was scanty. Neither did they show ‘feminine’ qualities of temperament. They behaved in a fiery and aggressive manner, and enjoyed adventure. Yet they were by no means devoid … More ‘gender’ is culturally relative