Jessica Rose
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Jessica Rose (she/her) is a writer and a first-year English major at UCLA. She loves writing, having published her debut novel “The World Above the Waves” in August of 2022. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading sapphic literature, playing d&d, or wherever her girlfriend is.

The Underrepresentation of Sapphic Identities in Literature: A Historical Analysis

My first June after discovering sapphic literature was one of eager anticipation. I had loved sapphic novels from the moment I picked up “The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics” the year prior, and waited all year for Pride Month so that I could get new recommendations. Sure enough, they started rolling in! Scrolling through TikTok, I saw video after video advertising “queer book recs.” But what I saw was disappointing at best. In these videos, the word “queer” seemed to be synonymous with male-loving-male (MLM); every single video was full of nothing but MLM novel recommendations.