With the well-publicized notion that sexual acts were a part of lesbianism and their relationships, sexual experimentation was widespread. Although the authors of Islamic Homosexualities argued this did not mean women could not engage in lesbian relationships, a lesbian anthropologist in visited Yemen and reported that women in the town she visited were unable to comprehend her romantic relationship to another woman. Women who appear on Greek pottery are depicted with affection, and in instances where women appear only with other women, their images are eroticized: The existence of a public space for women to socialize in bars that were known to cater to lesbians "became the single most important public manifestation of the subculture for many decades", according to historian Lillian Faderman. Ultimately, however, lesbian associations have had little influence both on the homosexual and feminist movements. Many lesbians also reclaimed the pink triangle. Ellis believed that many women who professed love for other women changed their feelings about such relationships after they had experienced marriage and a "practical life".
The novel's plot centers around Stephen Gordon, a woman who identifies herself as an invert after reading Krafft-Ebing's Psychopathia Sexualisand lives within the homosexual subculture of Paris.
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Gay and Lesbian Asia: Coded words and images were used on the covers. The Social Construction of Risk and Susceptibility. Depression is reported among lesbians at a rate similar to heterosexual women,  although generalized anxiety disorder is more likely to appear among lesbian and bisexual women than heterosexual women. As a result, pulp fiction helped to proliferate a lesbian identity simultaneously to lesbians and heterosexual readers.