Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. Note: Despite the fact there that is no reference for lesbian sex in the Torah, the Rambam (Maimonides) describes lesbian sex as a violation of a biblical rule. He does this by combining two texts, the first (Yevamot 76a) about "female rubbing" that is considered indecent but not expressly prohibited and a Midrashic text (Sifra 9:8) that prohibits marriage between women as a violation of the biblical rule to copy the Egyptians. No other medieval halakhic authority considers lesbian sex to be a biblical violation.
2. A contemporary collection of essays by religious lesbians is entitled: Keep Your Wives Away From Them, from the quote in the Rambam that instructs men to control their wives who might "socialize" with the women "known for this." What might this suggest regarding the sexual mores in Alexandria where he lived as opposed to other places?
3. Maimonides makes it clear that for women, unlike in the case of men, sexual relations are not themselves the issue. Such relations are a social marking of outsider (non-Jewish) status. Moreover, they express a sexuality that is out of the husband's control. How do straight men, according to this reading, relate to lesbian relations? What does it mean to them?