Though lesbian literature had not yet evolved as a distinct genre in english in the 19th century, lesbian writers like the essayist and supernatural fiction writer vernon lee sometimes hinted at lesbian subtexts in their work or, like lees lover amy levy, wrote love poems to women using the voice of. Laws against lesbian sexual activity were suggested but usually not created or enforced in early american history. In 1636, john cotton proposed a law for massachusetts bay making sex between two women (or two men) a capital offense, but the law was not enacted. It would have read, unnatural filthiness, to be punished with death, whether sodomy, which is carnal fellowship of man with man, or woman with woman, or buggery, which is carnal fellowship of man or woman with beasts or fowls. lesbian content was not unfamiliar to 17th, 18th, and 19th century audiences. From lesbian eroticism in pornographic texts such as the psuedonymous abbé du prats the venus in the cloister or, the nun in her smock, published in 1683, to the trope of a female husband (which had historical grounding in famous figures like mary hamilton.). Watson (1861, east windsor hill, connecticut 1943, florida) was an important photographer in canada. She came to canada in 1896 and spent the next 35 years photographing rural people, often women, working across the country. Albert nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century ireland, where women arent encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in dublins most elegant hotel, albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living. lesbian decadence representations in art and literature of fin-de-siècle france a collection of late 19th century and early 20th century lesbian artwork features a number of rare. As a self-professed black, lesbian, feminist mother, poet, warrior, ms. Lorde fought injustices against the marginalized throughout the mid-20th century through her revered literary works. Despite many trying to silence her, she fearlessly embraced her identities.