‘I’m Straight, but I Kissed a Girl’: The Trouble with American Media Representations of Female-Female Sexuality

  title={‘I’m Straight, but I Kissed a Girl’: The Trouble with American Media Representations of Female-Female Sexuality},
  author={Lisa M. Diamond},
  journal={Feminism \& Psychology},
  pages={104 - 110}
  • L. Diamond
  • Published 1 February 2005
  • Sociology
  • Feminism & Psychology
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