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The bond that women share has always been a mystery surpassing any other type of relationship Throughout history there have been many Thelma and Louises or Betty and Wilmas Its a cohesive connection that goes beyond a comprehensive definition However when this type of relationship is perceived as lesbianism the traditional gender role belief system is threatened and this can often lead to negative outcomes Its evident how the close bond between women threatens traditional gender roles In the story two women move into Brewster Place timid feminine Lorraine and confident aggressive Theresa Once its out that these new seemingly flawless neighbors are actually lesbians the community is divided and violence soon follows Theresa and Lorraines relationship falls in disrepair shortly before Lorraine is brutally raped and as shes reeling in the aftermath kills the only man who protected the two from the others Ben The trouble all begins with Sophie a willing carrier of the rumor that had first spread through the block like a sour odor thats only faintly perceptible and easily ignored until it starts growing in strength from the dozen mouths it had been lying in Naylor 2544 Sophie is one of the biggest obstacles the girls will face throughout the text making their business her business indentSince Sophies apartment windows faced theirs from across the air shaft she became the official watchman for the block she took her position seriously and was constantly alert for any telltale signs that might creep out around the drawn shades across from which she kept a religious vigil 2545indent She even goes so far as to dig through their garbage and interrogates Ben the only one to go inside their apartment She fed the community vague stories leaving them to stitch all of their secret fears and lingering childhood nightmares into this existence 2546 As a member of the female community Sophie presents an interesting situation When Etta and Sophie argue
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