sexual deviance

sexual deviance is an idea that has been employed through historical specific laws that demonize people who do not conform to the heteronormative conception of sexual intimacy and activity (Bronski, 15). 

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mannish lesbian

Society embraced this conception because sexual desire was seen to be masculine, so if a woman desired another woman, then is must be a trait of her masculine identity. Therefore, masculinity granted lesbian’s access to sexuality. During the early twentieth century, the image and reference of the mannish lesbian was used to demonize women who were active and outspoken in public politics, including suffragettes (Bronski, 96).