Thursday, June 24, 2010

Daily Dose

From Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women, by Leila J. Rupp


"At the outset of the twentieth century the Japanese Sexologist Ishikawa Kiyotada thought that prostitutes were the man practioners of female same-sex love, but by 1920 Sawada Junjiro gave the honor to students in girls' schools (although in addition he suspected it among factory workers, nurses aristocractic ladies, unmarried daughters, married women, concubines, widows, prisoners, maids, sales girls, clerical workers, teachers, actresses, geishas, prostitutes, and nuns -- hardly a select list.)

From Chapter 8, In Public (1920 - 1980)

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