"In women it is the opposite"

Despite Stein's blatant double-standards and staggering political incorrectness, her candid discussion regarding homosexuality reflects the general feeling of freedom and liberation in the 1920s. It was a time when people in the media and public eye started to maintain openly gay relationships, while 'pansy clubs' emerged as popular entertainment establishments. Such liberalism was short-lived, however, and would not be experienced again until the revolutionary 1960s. Never one to conform, it is argued that Stein's use of the word 'gay' in her 1922 work 'Miss Furr & Miss Skeene' (from Geography and Plays) may have been the first published example of the term in a sexually-related context.