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Classic Episode: Trailblazing Lesbians You Should Know

Guess what? Awesome, history-making lesbians aren't limited to Ellen and Rachel Maddow. This episode covers famous lesbians you might not know about, but should and also asks if it's harder to be openly gay and female in the professional and public spheres. See more »

Lesbian Bed Death

The term "lesbian bed death" has become a persistent negative stereotype about the allegedly passionless sex lives of women in relationships with women. Cristen and Caroline revisit the phrase's origin, do some sexytimes mythbusting and call for a broader definition of sex. See more »

Lady Friends With Benefits

Women's romantic friendships and lifelong partnerships were common -- and acceptable -- in the Victorian era. Cristen and Caroline discuss how and why these so-called "Boston marriages" flourished and what was behind their early 20th-century demise. See more »

The Lesbian Wage Bump

Why is the gender wage gap narrower for lesbians? Cristen and Caroline investigate why those bigger paychecks happen but probably don't buy an easier time in the workplace. See more »

The Lavender Menace

Betty Friedan, author of "The Feminine Mystique," once infamously referred to radical lesbian feminists as a "lavender menace" that threatened the credibility of the National Organization for Women. Cristen and Caroline revisit the homophobic rift within second-wave feminism and the development of lesbian feminism in the 1970s. See more »