Also called a “Boston Marriage” because
of the high proportion of them in New England, these long-term monogamous
relationships were between two unmarried women. Often the women were involved
with a career or social activism, and being in a partnership with a woman
allowed them the freedom of not being relegated to the household. As with
the “smashes,” these relationships may or may not have been sexual, but they
were obviously very intensely emotional and loving relationships.