To dig deeper, take a look at the issues in this article.
More so than other members of the LGBT community, lesbian women feel pressure to label themselves with terms they are not necessarily comfortable with.
The lesbian dating scene has the opposite problem gay men struggle with: there is too much pressure to commit and not enough casual dating.
This pressure comes from heterosexuals, gay men — often in the context of meeting lesbians at gay bars — the media and other lesbian women.
Here are some examples of those terms: There is a question of who owns these labels, if anyone.
People often assume there are less cases of violence in lesbian relationships because men are typically more violent and likely to be abusers.
Domestic abuse is actually more common in lesbian relationships than heterosexual relationships and other groups within the LGBT spectrum — 44% of lesbian women reported intimate partner violence compared to 35% of heterosexual women and 26% of gay men, according to the results of a study by the CDC.
This problem extends to lesbian women, although it affects them differently.
“I’ve heard lesbian women clients wonder if they can be in a relationship with another woman, because there can be so much ‘drama,’” said therapist Kristen Martinez.
When relationships progress rapidly, it can be difficult for one partner to detect signs of the other partner’s potential to be unstable or abusive.
The victim might condone dangerous or inappropriate behavior after interpreting it as a method of showing love and passion.
There isn’t a correct answer or anything close to a consensus in the lesbian community.