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I'm putting this in loving women because I'm hoping for some advice/new perspectives. This post will talk about men, please don't be offended but I'm really at struggling here.

I don't know if I'm bisexual or lesbian,and that makes me feel lost.

Quick backstory: grew up a total tomboy, always very non conforming in my appearance and hobbies. I was bullied about being a lesbian and I think that's why I didn't admit to myself I was attracted to women until I literally had my (now ex) ask me out on a date at age 25. I had "dated" boys in highschool but could never bring myself to have sex with any of my crushes. I didn't lose my virginity until 21(tried a new medication that made me manic and horny, I would take it back if I could). I have only been with men 3 times total, with 2 different men. Each time I felt nothing but dissapointment,maybe because the men I chose only wanted to fuck and I didn't actually like them.

When I met my (now ex) I felt something I never thought of could feel. I was in love. The colours of the world were brighter, love was worth sharing. It was amazing. We were together for 8 months, but broke up amicably. Our personalities just weren't similar enough for a long term haul, but I'm happy for every memory none the less. I realized that I had all this internalized misogyny that had kept me from opening myself up to a real relationship with another woman. I say this is misogyny an not homophobia because I was thinking about women the way men do. That if I wasn't the best most amazing person no woman could ever love me. I know differently now.

Now, onto my problem. I think I'm physically? attracted to men, but not intellectually?maybe I don't know how to put it. Like, I like looking at men. I like seeing muscles and hairy arms and beards, all that "otherness" that men have. But I don't actually want to touch them. I don't want to have sex with them. I don't want to have a child with one. Like, just the idea that most men would rape an animal or a child just to get his rocks off makes my stomach turn.

I do have some mental issues, and I don't know if my issues with sex are related to that or if I'm just lesbian and still trying to get over my internalized homophobia. 'm feeling stuck and confused. Please give any words of wisdom, I don't have anyone to talk about this with.

Maybe I just need to hear it's ok to be lesbian. I don't know.

Edit: so I'm feeling really grateful for everyone's responses. Everyone has given me a lot to think about and it's clear that I need to do some self reflection. much love to all of you, thank you ❤️ this community means a lot to me.

I'm putting this in loving women because I'm hoping for some advice/new perspectives. This post will talk about men, please don't be offended but I'm really at struggling here. I don't know if I'm bisexual or lesbian,and that makes me feel lost. Quick backstory: grew up a total tomboy, always very non conforming in my appearance and hobbies. I was bullied about being a lesbian and I think that's why I didn't admit to myself I was attracted to women until I literally had my (now ex) ask me out on a date at age 25. I had "dated" boys in highschool but could never bring myself to have sex with any of my crushes. I didn't lose my virginity until 21(tried a new medication that made me manic and horny, I would take it back if I could). I have only been with men 3 times total, with 2 different men. Each time I felt nothing but dissapointment,maybe because the men I chose only wanted to fuck and I didn't actually like them. When I met my (now ex) I felt something I never thought of could feel. I was in love. The colours of the world were brighter, love was worth sharing. It was amazing. We were together for 8 months, but broke up amicably. Our personalities just weren't similar enough for a long term haul, but I'm happy for every memory none the less. I realized that I had all this internalized misogyny that had kept me from opening myself up to a real relationship with another woman. I say this is misogyny an not homophobia because I was thinking about women the way men do. That if I wasn't the best most amazing person no woman could ever love me. I know differently now. Now, onto my problem. I think I'm physically? attracted to men, but not intellectually?maybe I don't know how to put it. Like, I like looking at men. I like seeing muscles and hairy arms and beards, all that "otherness" that men have. But I don't actually want to touch them. I don't want to have sex with them. I don't want to have a child with one. Like, just the idea that most men would rape an animal or a child just to get his rocks off makes my stomach turn. I do have some mental issues, and I don't know if my issues with sex are related to that or if I'm just lesbian and still trying to get over my internalized homophobia. 'm feeling stuck and confused. Please give any words of wisdom, I don't have anyone to talk about this with. Maybe I just need to hear it's ok to be lesbian. I don't know. Edit: so I'm feeling really grateful for everyone's responses. Everyone has given me a lot to think about and it's clear that I need to do some self reflection. much love to all of you, thank you ❤️ this community means a lot to me.

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[–] fae 15 points Edited

I like looking at men. I like seeing muscles and hairy arms and beards, all that "otherness" that men have.

Then it sounds like you're not a lesbian, if you're actually into men physically. There are plenty of febfems (female-exclusive bisexual females, iirc?) out there though, whether they just have a preference for women or refrain from dating men out of self-preservation (sounds smart to me, lol).

The fact that even straight women are just expected to be miserable, unsatisfied, and not actually attracted to the men they partner with made me so confused before I understood that I'm a lesbian. The fact that men are generally awful doesn't help matters for women who are attracted to them– like you mentioned, the thing that makes you not want to be with men is that you immediately think of their depravity.

Of course, it could be the infamous "compulsory heterosexuality" getting to you; but in my experience of confusion, I always knew I wasn't attracted to men, just unsure whether that wasn't always the case, since the media and the world at large seemed to agree with me that women are attractive and men aren't. I'd advise you to just pursue whoever you like and go with the flow, sometimes these things take time (honestly, I'd just go for women if I were you, since that's what you're sure of).

Editing to add– this tumblr post might give you some food for thought.

Yeah I get what you are saying about the compulsory bit. I'm definitely taking my time with it, lots to think about. Before I admitted to myself that I like women I thought I was asexual because I didn't seem to crave sex at all compared to other women.