Prick up your ears 😊 Some sapphic women in history:
AND... as you click on, to explore the site: see below my personal explaination for my terminology used herein, BUT, also... oops, I am a v shy lezza marketeer 😓! Please, if you wish, share this site with others, mega please do. Some other slick sapphic heroines...
• Won Nobel Prizes - Selma Lagerlöf (1858 - 1940)
• Wrote great poetry & novels - Sappho (570 BC) & Radclyffe Hall (1880 - 1943)
• Made great art - painter Rosa Bonheur (1822 - 1899) & sculptor Emma Stebbins (1815 - 1882)
• Made great records - Opera Singer, Mademoiselle Maupin (1670 - 1707) & The queen of the Blues, Bessie Smith (1894 - 1937)
• Broke sports records - Martina Navratilova (1956 - )
• Fought for their rights - Frances Harper (1825 - 1911)
• Challenged gender roles - Anne Lister (1791 - 1840)
• Found love - The Ladies of Llangollen (Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby) in the 1770s.
Fact: lesbians have been everywhere in history BUT Lesbian Visibility in history is P.I.S.H! So, we need to delve a wee bit harder and, make sure we record these heroines. Lesbians need more than a Day, a Week, a Month of Visibility :) (FYI International Lesbian Visibility Day is celebrated on the 26th April.)
Private Web Searching: Incognito Google vs VPNs (Virtual Private Networks)
Are you living in a country that monitors your internet activity e.g. "Lesbian [searches]" "gay [searches]"? Incognito Google = don't trust! Please consider using a VPN which stands for Virtual Private Network.
- A VPN (hopes to) encrypt (hopes to conceal) your internet traffic/ web searches and disguises your online identity - this makes it more difficult for third parties / government censorship to track your activities online (in democrat countries your traffic /searches could be seen as legal but for certain governments it as illegal. NO WAY I am supporting terrorists / illegal activity / false news. Searching "lesbian" content: I DO NOT see this as illegal and it is not correct to steal data from that search. I am no affiliate marketeer (it would be nice to make some money out of the site, but, I am not). In the past, I have worked for a mega lovely independent VPN company Hide My Ass in fab Soho, London, (I loved that they were truly trying to protect GOOD freedom of speech & internet search, and, my mega lovely work colleagues were truly passionate on this). Hide My Ass VPN are now part of AVG, and as I no longer work for them I can't vouch for them. If you are living in an internet censored county consider using a trusted VPN.
Terminology: Friend of Dorothy
Friend of Dorothy? Fab old skool, gay slang which I love it! What does 'Friend of Dorothy' mean? In gay slang, a 'Friend of Dorothy' first came into use as a synonym for a gay man. Thereafter, 'Friend of Dorothy', expanded as a term for anybody in the LGBTQ+ community.
The phrase, 'Friend of Dorothy', dates back to at least World War II (1940s), derived from Judy Garland's character, Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz or... Dorothy Parker. A 'Friend of Dorothy' was a coded term to refer to a homosexual, when homosexuality was still criminalised in the US and UK and, homosexuality couldn't be openly discussed. So, at the time, on meeting someone... stating that, or asking if, someone was a 'Friend of Dorothy" was a euphemism used for sussing out someone's sexual orientation, without others knowing its meaning. Indeed, I've soooo used "Do you think she is a friend of Dorothy?" question, in the past to partners in crime, when I was so shy and conversing in v slick Edinburgh hetty bars and restaurants! In this web site, I am using 'Friends of Dorothy' primarily in the girl 'Friends of Dorothy' sense.
My TerminologyThroughout My Site?
In foresight to try and avoid any miffed emails with regard to perhaps my unintentional un-pc'ness. You may say... TomaYto, I say... TomaHto. How do I refer to these ace, gutsy ladies? Reflecting over a lovely choice of adjectives: lesbian / lezzie / leso / les / lezzer / Lezza / Sapphic, bean flicker, butch, carpet muncher, dyke (I find amusing as I am an ex paleontologist), Kiki, pussy puncher, muff diver, todger dodger, queer, gay and bi, switch hitter, gillette blade... &, Friend of Dorothy. And, more!!! Lesbian terms through history. Though some are amusing, personally, I dislike the actual sound of the word "lesbian", so I refer to myself as being "cake" (a private code word when I was first oming out to myself, that derived from a friend mishearing me, which became an ace code when out and about with friends), "gay" (a nod to Cole Porter) / and "queer" during Britpops fab Blur era. So herein, I am gonna use the term "sapphic" (terrible for SEO :( and Lezza... BUT might adpat if the SEO not getting me nowhere :) Hetty = Scottish slang for straights.
When I was growing up, I had so little exposure to sapphic / lesbian media and, no gay friends to hang out with. It was still a taboo subject. Bravo, that there is now more exposure "OUT" there. Yet it is still shocking that 70 countries still have national laws criminalising same-sex relations between consenting adults. Moreover, there is still painful queer bashing. In 2018 - 19, in the UK alone, it was reported 14,491 crimes committed against people because of their sexual orientation. How many were unreported?
WOKE &... GAY BOYS Before You Get Your Knickers In A Twist! - My Gay Boy Friends Of Dorothy
Apart from Google Analytics (which I am NOT using for anything naughty/profiteering but just to see which is the most visited pages), sadly I can't suss how my "queer" content is being perceived because I am avoiding social media, as I am relying on my slick SEO. I am sorry that I aint a slick copy writer and, I slap my own wrist for any duh / innocent mistakes & omissions (email me please). Mega HURRAH, I got a Tweet referral... hmm.. comments included... "male colonisation" "too many "queer" usage" (on the page of HUGE amount of words, I used it 9 times"). Sweeties, this is NOT a GAY GIRLS ONLY website.
To some hardcore "Lesbians" / 2020s WOKEs - every one is different and bravo to freedom of speech (NOT, false info): I am not, nor this site is (wishes to be) prejudice:
- Boys: I am HUGELY indebted to my sweetly caring & fun hetty and gay boy friends who I thoroughly L.O.V.E their company (&, my hetty girl friends). - LGBT+: I hugely respect any one on the LGBT+ community - their historical stories have contributed to our progression
Peace, Love & Happiness & A Melody of Love This is a peace, love and happiness website to all who are, GAY (in every sense) / seeking inspiration if they feel they are different / being discriminated against. For example: - Worldwide WOMEN - in 2020s, what's the difference between a hetty woman (straight woman) and a gay woman regardless where they live: NOT wanting to be forced to wear a head covering / hijab, HAVE THE RIGHT to education, choose who they wish to marry (not be forced to be an unwilling marriage) and how many children they wish to have. Please dont be complacent > support woman in repressed countries. - Worldwide GAYS - which gay woman can not empathise with gay men during the times when it was illegal for men to be gay (still now (for all), in some certain countries) and with AIDs?
It is not just our GAY, LGTB+ on going fight, but we empathise to others in such suppression. Peace, love and happiness to ALL who respect each other.
IMAGE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS
PPPPPPPPPPlease show some goodwill to this site. HUGEST Thank you - the images used herein are for enlightment and inspiration. The site would look so sad & dull without images of these courageous women. See in the footer - you can email me and I will immediately remove the relevant image.
This Sapphic Web Project - The Site's Journey
uK Covid Lockdown 2, 2020
Groovers, who have chanced upon this girl 'Friends of Dorothy' site - this is a site I built (hand-coded HTML / css) during uK Covid Lockdown 2 furlough (I had been working as SEO on the bestest website I had ever worked on - a slick international talent booking website). To keep my mind active, I thought it would be a fun coding project to celebrate lesbian history and culture by documenting some slick lesbian 'Friends of Dorothy' and sapphic media which have comforted and roused me when I was too shy to come out and times were different. Please do forgive me - I am an SEO and not a writer, but I hope these slick ladies will inspire you.
uK Covid Lockdown 3, 2020 NYE
I launched the site incomplete as a 1st draft on 2020 lockdown uK, NYE with light abdomen pain and awful toothache (I couldn't get a fooking dentist emergency appointment during COVID Xmas) but, with my NYE's solo champers numbing the pain, I wished to launch it to say goodbye to a heaven knows a miserable year.
PS: Post Covid Lockdown 3 >... HONEYDEW MELON FIBROID &... Gallbladder Polyps (March 2021)
Certainly which I did not wish to happen nor divulge. I had a wee bit of bad luck after uK Xmas 2020 lockdown. 10 GPs later (the majority over the phone) > I got finally diagnosed with GERD, PLUS... (I did a private ultrasound for my abdomen and pelvis (with a lets-do-everything-there instinct, as I hadn't had one for sooooo many years) as it was taking (COVID respectfully) way too long on the NHS. Holy Moly - a fibriod... the size of a... (fooking) grapefruit! On removal, during a major op (Sept '21), it turned out the size of a... (mega fooking) HONEYDEW MELON (13x10x7 cm)!!!!! (plus small fibroid and cyst on the other ovary). Had to have both my ovaries removed too :( though, thank GAWD, no hysterectomy which, miss-a-heart-beat & sleepless nights, every gynae consultant had coldy said to me, as soon as I sat down in the consultation seat :( It's a v long awful post-op recovery (8 weeks - without a post-op pamphlet, nor checkups - grrrrrr!) :(
I am still in utter disbelief, as are my friends, that my fibroid grew so - HUGE - quasi a HONEYDEW MELON!!!!! How long was it there? I hadn't felt pain there. I am very slender (and forgive me, for proudly saying - dress preppy punky / indie). Over the years, I did mention my concerns to my GPs about my bloated tummy, which seemed unreasonable considering my sleek diet, but my GPs disregarded it due to aging. My HUGE fibroid was only discovered because I went private and by good fortune I choose a pelvis ultrasound in addition to the recommended GP's pelvic ultrasound. It is unlikely, you won't get a pelvic ultrasound unless you are feeling pain or having a baby. Please do consider getting a pelvic ultrasound checkup. Most women will develop one or more fibroids. So bizarre - we girls seldom talk to each other about fibroids, cysts, menopause... Had mine been caught earlier, I may not have had to have such a s.h.i.t.e drastic op :( If you haven't had one for a while = please ask you GP for a pelvic ultrasound.
PS - Please Do Revist
The site has got so much bigger than I had envisaged. Please do revist as I grow it - there are countless LGBT Women who I have not discovered, who have not been documented / are coming to light.
PSS Let's Go Out Tonight - Craig Armstrong
"I know a place, where everything's alright... I pray for love, coming out alright" | Edinburgh Castle Fireworks 2013 (for my so beloved Mummy (2010) & soooooo missed Edinbugh home (2014)). "Let's go out tonight, I know a place - where everything's alright". Go out and speak with your sweet friends. Couraggio - be strong for your blood line and carve your own slick, inspirational path for your future, ancestral blood line's history.
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