10 brilliantly weird slang words for lesbians and bi women
Women’s sexuality has been repressed and ignored for hundreds of years, so naturally sapphic women had to come up with their own code to communicate.
Though things are much better now, it’d be a crime to give up on some of the incredible slang they invented.
This is a woman who has sex with women – they “bump” their “doughnuts” together.
Game of flats
A 17th-century term for lesbian sex, because it could be visualised as rubbing two playing cards (AKA ‘flats’) together.
16th-century term for an untameable, wild woman or a tomboy.
Formerly a derogatory word for an old witch, it was reclaimed by older lesbians in the 1970s.
A 1950s term for a butch who could be “flipped,” i.e. from top to bottom.
From the 1950s, this means a bisexual woman – because she ‘cuts both ways’.
Stirring the bean curd
An English translation of a Chinese term for lesbian sex.
A mid-1900s term for a butch lesbian.
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A queer woman who hangs out with ‘bears.’
This refers to female masturbation. It’s the feminised version of ‘jack off.’