Female homosexuality has not received the same negative response from religious or criminal authorities as male homosexuality or adultery has throughout history. Speaking of homosexuality in any context was socially forbidden, and women rarely discussed lesbianism even amongst themselves; they referred to openly gay people as "in the Life". Something only they understand. She was popular. For instance, there was probably a lesbian subculture amongst dancers and prostitutes in eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Paris, and in eighteenth-century Amsterdam.
We chose the symbol - which differs vastly from the symbols the women use - because lesbian women in the s were said to give violets to their girlfriends. The labrys represents lesbian strength. Hardly anything is recorded about homosexual activity between women.