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I hate when people mention someone in their life by their name without providing me with any context about who this person is.

“So Dylan and I went to yoga class yesterday — ”

Hold it right there. Who the fuck is Dylan. Your boyfriend? Your arch nemesis? Your brother? Your pet sea monkey? Your therapist? Your favourite fictional character? Are you on a first-name basis with your dad? Last-name basis with Bob? WHO THE FUCK IS DYLAN.


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Herric, aka Chéri Hérouard

L’écrin du rubis (1939) and Le Libertinage du Retroussé (1937)

"Around 1917, in the third year of the Great War, the iconography of lesbian life in Berlin underwent a sea change; suddenly male graphic artists and writers presented women with same-sex cravings as desirable and darkly exotic. What was once universally considered sexually repulsive or threatening now provided an erotic jolt for heterosexuals, an amusing if mysterious (and therefore titillating) insight into another form of female sexuality. It was as if the lush German South Seas colonies - already lost in the war - together with their dusky, bare-breasted maidens - had come home to Berlin, an emotionally unsettled city, waiting for new voyeuristic sensations.

Female secretaries, clerks, and daughters of shopkeepers, most of whom never even heard the word ‘Sapphic’ before, started to spend sisterly time with another, especially at night. An erotic community independent of and unconcerned with men’s desires, was coalescing in the center of Europe. Interestingly, after the Armistice, foreign journalists remarked that post-Wilhelmian Berlin seemed different, that whole sections of the city, especially in the West and South, appeared to be devoid of sexually potent males, if one excluded pimps and other criminal riff-raff.*”

- Mel Gordon, Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic Life of Weimar Berlin.

*It is interesting to consider that last observation in the light of the effects shell-shock had on the sexual behavior of men returning to war - loss of sexual potency and desire was a frequent symptom and written about by sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld.

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