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


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