Late-Life Lesbians

For many years, researchers assumed so-called “late-life lesbians” were simply repressed by society until they felt comfortable coming out. But that’s not entirely the case, says Lisa Diamond, a researcher at the University of Utah who is studying whether sexuality is fluid or fixed. Diamond has been studying a group of 79 women for 15 years to track changes in their sexuality.

“It does appear to be that women’s erotic desires are pretty tightly linked to their emotional feelings,” she tells NPR’s Guy Raz. “So for some of these women, they authentically did not feel attracted to women before they met one particular woman that they completely fell in love with.”

One response to “Late-Life Lesbians

  1. I too am a late life lesbian, I had no idea I had feelings towards women until i was 32 years old. by that time I was married and had 3 children, i had been in a relationship with my husband from the age of 15.

    my first response was that I had a hormone imbalance and for the next 5 years pushed these urges away. During this time they were aimed at one woman and I assumed it was just her. At the age of 37 I met and fell in love with as women. Sleeping with her was probably the best experience of my life. I felt home, it was as though this was where I was suppose to be. Sadly thaat relationship ended after 4 years. I have since had 2 other relationships with women and now fully identify as a lesbian. I believe I will never ever sleep with a man again… that said if anyone had sad 11 years ago that I would love women I would have laughed in their face.
    I was asked recently if I still felt that I had a hormone imbalance, my response was easy, if I have I no longer want it fixed as I am complete and love that I found me.

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