Even in a society in which every woman was channelled into just one narrow lifestyle: virginity until entering monogamous, heterosexual marriage and uncontrolled childbearing, some women managed to escape from this restrictive destiny, and I have decided for expediency to categorise them all under 'non-conformity'. They include feminists, cross-dressers, adulteresses, courtesans, lesbians and women who lived with men to whom they were not married, and women who chose to have children out of wedlock.

Cross dressers

Cross dressers main page

Press cuttings about cross dressers I

Press cuttings about cross dressers II

Press cuttings about female sailors


Feminists page


Lesbians page

Rictor Norton's page on The Ladies of Llangollen


Forthcoming Courtesans page

Living 'in sin'

Cohabitation page

Illegitimate children

Having children out of wedlock page

This website is 'work in progress' and therefore pages may not yet be started, let alone finished.

All pages © Helena Wojtczak 2009. Corrections and additions are warmly welcomed. Email me