"the aristocratic link between male homosexuality and femininity” became “an article of wide public consumption […] and that coincided (in the 1890s) with the beginnings of a dissemination across classes of language about male homosexuality (e.g., the word ‘homosexual’), and with the medicalization of homosexuality"

— Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Between Men, p. 179Between Men, Sedgwick