Why women are leaving men for other women

April 24th, 2009 by admin

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Lately, a new kind of sisterly love seems to be in the air. In the past few years, Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon left a boyfriend after a decade and a half and started dating a woman (and talked openly about it).

Actress Lindsay Lohan and DJ Samantha Ronson flaunted their relationship from New York to Dubai. Katy Perry’s song “I Kissed a Girl” topped the charts. “The L Word,” “Work Out,” and “Top Chef” are featuring gay women on TV, and there’s even talk of a lesbian reality show in the works.

Certainly nothing is new about women having sex with women, but we’ve arrived at a moment in the popular culture when it all suddenly seems almost fashionable — or at least, acceptable.

Statistics on how many women have traded boyfriends and husbands for girlfriends are hard to come by. Although the U.S. Census Bureau keeps track of married, divorced, single, and even same-sex partners living together, it doesn’t look for the stories behind those numbers.

But experts like Binnie Klein, a Connecticut-based psychotherapist and lecturer in Yale’s department of psychiatry, agree that alternative relationships are on the rise.

“It’s clear that a change in sexual orientation is imaginable to more people than ever before, and there’s more opportunity — and acceptance — to cross over the line,” says Klein, noting that a half-dozen of her married female patients in the past few years have fallen in love with women. “Most are afraid that if they don’t go for it, they’ll end up with regrets.”

Feminist philosopher Susan Bordo, Ph.D, a professor of English and gender and women’s studies at the University of Kentucky and author of “Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body,” also agrees that in the current environment, more women may be stepping out of the conventional gender box.

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2 Responses

  1. frank

    this seems to be the trend that women want women instead of us men. these women must have been so badly abused years earlier and are now they are brain dead, especially the ones that leave their husbands for another woman.not all of us men are bad today but it does not matter to them.i lost all respect for these type of women.

  2. MIKE SAYS

    women that leave their men for other women, are FILTHY DISEASED LESBIAN PIGS, the way i see it. why did GOD have to create SUCH GARBAGE like them in the first place? he must have been DRUNK, the way i see it. so DISGUSTING things that we have to DEAL with now. no wonder why it is so HARD meeting STRAIGHT WOMEN for us STRAIGHT GUYS now, GO FIGURE.

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