Publication Date

7-16-2022

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Volume

21

Issue

3

DOI

10.1017/S1537781422000147

First Page

201

Last Page

220

Abstract

Young women growing up in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era increasingly found their relationships subject to scrutiny as doctors, parents, teachers, and school administrators began to worry about the so-called abnormal girl. Attempts to suppress the culture of crushes and romantic friendships between young women reflected these larger cultural anxieties about their relationships. But, as notions of normative girlhood began to form, this intense scrutiny of their relationships had a significant impact on their everyday lives. The young women who were navigating this scientific and cultural shift developed a range of innovative strategies from subversively concealing their relationships to boldly pursuing their queer desires.

Keywords

History of gender and sexuality, LGBTQ history, Progressive Era, Queer history, Women’s history

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Department

History

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