Many people who have studied nineteenth-century English history are probably familiar with a myth about Queen Victoria and the Labouchere Amendment. The amendment, which was added to the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, made all acts of "gross indecency" (i.e. acts of homosexuality) between two men illegal, but nowhere does it mention anything about two women engaging in the same “indecent” behavior. The myth states that an unknown member of parliament pointed out to the queen that the amendment did not mention women, to which Queen Victoria is supposed to have dismissed such an error by saying, “No woman would do that.” While this myth is most likely untrue, it does a good job of encapsulating how lesbians—and lesbianism—were treated in Victorian-era England: lesbians were regarded with fear and revulsion by some people, mostly men (who are represented by the unnamed member of parliament in the anecdote), but lesbians were almost invisible to the rest of English society (represented by Queen Victoria). Though this is a simplified view of how lesbians were truly treated socially, it is, from a certain angle, very close to the truth.