Why was it lesbianism wasn't prosecuted when homosexuality was a crime?

Especially pre 20th. 

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  • Jake
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Cause straight men fantasize about two women and they are the standard

  • 5 months ago

    Because insecure straight men wrote all of the rules, starting with Moses.

  • Fred
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Before the mid 19th century few cared whether people were homosexuals or who they were having sex with.  Then Queen Victoria of England had a real disgust at thinking about men being sexual with each other and she summoned the political leaders of the time and insisted that they bring laws in making homosexual acts as illegal.  The politicians pointed out that there were homosexual women as well but queen Victoria refused to believe a lady would be involved in something so disgusting.  The politicians were pressured to bring in the laws against homosexual men only and females were not discriminated against.

      Queen Victoria being the leader of the Church of England instructed the clergy to find things in the Bible that they could use to preach to their parishioners to make it look as so homosexual acts were sins.  The funny thing is many gays became clergy to hide their homosexuality claiming their work for the church was more important than marriage.

      Britain in the last half of the 19th century sent Church of England missionaries all over the world who affected laws on homosexual acts all over the world except where Christianity failed to become strong in countries such as Thailand that has always accepted men having sex together was just a normal part of sexuality.  At the time England controlled 25% of the countries of the world and British etiquette and social laws were copied in most countries of the world.

      Through it all women were not persecuted for having sex with other women although likely it was still seen a socially unacceptable at least in the middle and upper classes.

  • Lili
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Probably because the people enacting the laws were men, and they were more horrified by male on male sex than woman on woman sex.  They may have had trouble believing it really existed because, being male-centric, they couldn't imagine sex without a penis involved.  Or else they just didn't view anything that didn't include intercourse as "real sex".

    It's apparently true that Queen Victoria didn't believe it existed, but the UK is not the only country in the world, and most do not seem to have criminalized lesbianism.  However, let's consider: if lesbianism was not criminalized in the UK because of Victoria, that means that the British at least TRIED to criminalize it, they made an attempt.  Evidently, awareness of lesbianism existed, along with negative attitudes towards it.

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  • 5 months ago

    Because it isn't gross, so there is no need to punish anyone for it.

  • 5 months ago

    Because Queen Victoria refused to believe it existed.  The crimes were buggery, i.e. anal intercourse, incidentally regularly practiced by heterosexual men with their wives, partly as a form of contraception, which also included bestiality, and gross indecency.  Homosexuality per se was not illegal, but people with penises having sex with each other.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Homosexuality was criminalized in all countries. That includes lesbian sex too.  But lesbian sex was not a major public health crisis.  Lesbian sex didn’t spread deadly venereal diseases.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Most straight men, get off on watching two ladies.  They did not want to make illegal what they like to watch.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Blame the patriarchy that's obsessed with what it considers proper male behavior.

  • 5 months ago

    Because there was a presumption that women didn't enjoy sex.

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