Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships

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Da Capo Press, Dec 21, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 368 pages
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Written by two experienced lesbian therapists, Lesbian Couples covers a range of topics?commitment ceremonies and marriage, living arrangements, work, money, togetherness and separate identities, coming out to family and friends, resolving conflict and understanding each other?and uses a variety of helpful examples and problem-solving techniques, drawing from research done on lesbian couples over the past decade. The book pays special attention to differences of race, class, age and physical ability, and addresses the issues raised when one or both partners are recovering from alcohol, substance, or sexual abuse. The book also addresses differences that lesbians may encounter in their relationships regarding such issues as butch-femme, transgender identity, bisexuality, monogamy, and s/m. Thoroughly readable and extremely helpful, with an updated resource guide, Lesbian Couples is a book that every lesbian will want to own.
 

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Incredible!

User Review  - Angie85 - Borders

This book is amazing. It maps out all of the issues you could ever imagine coming up. Its great to read alone or as a couple. The authors don't talk down to you like I feared, rather they encourage and inspire. I recommend it to all new couples. Read full review

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The authors, both white, middle-class therapists working with lesbian couples, and both involved in long-term lesbian relationships, present a an extremely readable, informative, and nonjudgmental ... Read full review

Contents

What Is a Healthy Couple Anyway?
7
Relationship Stages
15
The Challenge of Separateness and Togetherness
34
Creating a Climate for Intimacy
44
Understanding Differences
53
Communicating
71
Managing Conflict
91
Sex
111
CrossCulturalCrossRacial Couples
216
Recovery and Healing
231
Disability and Chronic Illness
242
Later Life
260
Endings
281
Beginning Again
295
ENDNOTES
303
RESOURCES
312

Making Decisions Living Arrangements
135
More Decisions Work Money Time and Play
149
Lesbian Couples with Children
167
Friends Family and Sense of Community
193
Selected Bibliography
317
BIBLIOGRAPHY
324
INDEX
340
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