|Punch mocks the idea that any woman standing in a doorway MUST be a prostitute. The respectably-dressed woman on the left is waiting outside an Opera house. Her shocked friend, having read all the breathless pamphlets, exclaims, "How long have you been GAY?" Which in the Victorian context means a loose woman.
|An 18th-century (pre-Victorian) guide to Convent Garden Ladies|
|Around 1818 or so and looking happy... (Columbia Pictures, 1995)
|Four women who'd be much happier in steampunk leathers... the guy just needs goggles and a prosthetic arm (GK Films, 2009)