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Certain topics remained sensitive during the inter-war period and occasioned feelings of 40. Klaus Mann, Journal. 345. 41. 47. 21 A History of Homosexuality in Europe Vol. II irrational hostility and panic. Three topics recur throughout the period: the link between lesbianism and feminism, the need to protect young people, and foreign threats. It’s the feminists’ fault The lesbian question was directly linked to the feminist movement in the inter-war period. Particularly in England and Germany, the feminist movement was seen as a Trojan Horse used by the lesbians to recruit or seduce new followers and to pervert young women and to lure them away from their homes and their husbands.
These things are generally elegant, polished, too polished, in fact, and pass themselves off as gentlemen; but they are skunks and rattlesnakes. They traipse around the tourist hotels, rental homes and townhouses where families live … don’t go for a walk with these things, for all they have in mind is to teach you to masturbate or other things that are dirtier still … at the first word, at the first abnormal action, smite it, smite it so hard that it will bear the scar for all its life. ”85 Only two works mention homosexuality; the first is a book by Dr.
William Lee Howard, Confidential Chats with Boys, op. 94. 76. M. 14. 77. 41-43. 78 Starting in the 1930s, a medical discussion of homosexuality often took the place of the customary warnings. Gladys M. Cox admits that she does not know whether it is a matter of internal secretions or arrested sexual development. Leslie D. Weatherhead, in The Mastery of Sex through Psychology and Religion (1931), distinguishes acquired homosexuality and innate homosexuality, and discusses narcissism and treatment by hypnosis.