Natalie Barney, Janet Flanner and Djuna Barnes, wikimedia commons The end of World War One, the devalued franc, and the ever enduring beauty of Paris, along with the lure of a bohemian lifestyle in a city known for its tolerant attitudes, led not only to an influx of American writers , poets, artists and musicians, but also to a group of rich or independent women who had eschewed the status quo and respectable expectations of their families. Only Berlin could hope to compete with Paris with its gay clubs and newspapers and even a lesbian magazine, Die Freundin. In New York, even in Greenwich Village, lesbians although tolerated were generally misunderstood even amongst the much larger homosexual community who had made their homes there. The rest of America was even less understanding. Less tolerance still, was to be found in England. He stated that lesbianism debauched young girls, induced neurasthenia and insanity.
Epic Gallery: 150 Years Of Lesbians And Other Lady-Loving-Ladies
Lesbian couple at Le Monocle, Paris,
By Unity Blott For Mailonline. Captured at a time when homosexuality was considered taboo, these remarkable images defiant women who flouted convention in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Kissing, embracing and reclining in intimate positions, the incredible black-and-white photographs provide a rare glimpse into women who dared to display physical love in the s and early s. The images capture Victorian and early-twentieth century females in intimate poses and showing a daring level of openness with one another for the era they were living in.
19th and 20th-century lesbian women captured in images
I really threw myself into Herstory Month , in June, eating every accessible herstory archive on the internet and spending hours in the library, accumulating massive stacks of borrowed books which I stored at the foot of my bed. My girlfriend was not a big fan of the stacks of books at the foot of the bed. I was looking for words but eventually, also, for pictures.
During the s Paris had gained a reputation for the variety of its nighttime pleasures and for its free and easy attitude toward life in general. Within this climate of relative tolerance many gay and lesbian nightclubs opened and flourished. Among these was Le Monocle, which is credited with being one of the first, and certainly the most famous of lesbian nightclubs. It was opened by Lulu de Montparnasse in the Montmartre area, which at that time was the main gathering place for Parisian lesbians. Why the name Le Monocle?