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  • Read Exercise 31
  • Many times people discredit women’s organizations by saying they are ran by lesbians
  • 15 women loving women,

    1. 1. Women Loving Women, Resisting Homophobia
    2. 2. Does a Woman Need a Man? <ul><li>What kind of pressure is there on women to find a man to date or to live with? </li></ul><ul><li>What do people say about girls who aren’t interested in boys? </li></ul><ul><li>How might this pressure come between two young women who might otherwise be friends? </li></ul><ul><li>Have feelings for or about boys ever interfered with your relationships with a girlfriend? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Continue… <ul><li>Have you ever felt that a relationship with a guy was more important than a relationship or friendship with a girl? </li></ul><ul><li>How might the pressure to be in a relationship with a guy keep a woman in a relationship that is sexually or physically abusive? </li></ul><ul><li>Was there ever a time when you were doing or saying something that was strong, independent, or simply not accepted and you were called a dyke, a lesbian, or something similar? </li></ul><ul><li>What other words are used to describe or put down women who are lesbians? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Sexual Identity and Homophobia <ul><li>Where do people learn about sexuality and sexual identity in our society? </li></ul><ul><li>Where did you learn about these topics? </li></ul><ul><li>What reasons have you heard people give to justify exclusion of against gays & bisexuals? </li></ul><ul><li>How might homophobia get in the way of women loving other women? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever not hugged, kissed, or shown affection for another woman because of how you might look? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever been called a lesbian? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you support a friend who was a lesbian or a bisexual? </li></ul><ul><li>Whom could you talk with about sexuality or your sexual identity? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Women Supporting Women <ul><li>Families might unwelcome homosexuality. </li></ul><ul><li>In return we could turn to friends for support </li></ul><ul><li>Others might be self-destructive to mask the pain </li></ul><ul><li>We cannot survive alone in society, women need to support other women. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Responding to Homophobia <ul><li>How could you support a friend who told you she was a lesbian or a bisexual? </li></ul><ul><li>What could you say to her if she was feeling attacked or rejected? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Discussion Questions <ul><li>How could you support a friend who was labeled a lesbian because she was being strong and independent and out of the box? </li></ul><ul><li>How could you respond if you were labeled a lesbian by people who didn’t like you? What would you say or do? What kind of support would you need from friends? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you respond if you were going for a sport and were called a lesbian? </li></ul>
    8. 8. Check-out <ul><li>What are your thoughts or feelings about the material covered in this session? </li></ul>

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