The Proverbial “Lesbian”: Queering Etymology in Contemporary Critical Practice

@article{Blank2011TheP,
  title={The Proverbial “Lesbian”: Queering Etymology in Contemporary Critical Practice},
  author={Paula Blank},
  journal={Modern Philology},
  year={2011},
  volume={109},
  pages={108 - 134}
}
[Lesbiazein] was a word in ancient times for ‘‘to defile.’’ Aristophanes in the Wasps : ‘‘She who already pollutes her drinking companions.’’ The infamous vice, which is performed with the mouth, called fellatio, I think, or irrumatio, is said to have originated with the people of Lesbos, and among them it was first of all something which women had to perform. The scholiast cites as witness to this Theopompus in his Ulysses : ‘‘Let me not speak aloud with my own lips of that ancient practice… Expand
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