An article in the Guardian quotes a pub owner/former dancer in Soho as saying something to the effect of that Soho has always been a place where people could be themselves – from gay men holding hands, now to women buying sex toys.
That’s an interesting idea. Women unable to be themselves, due to fear and repression, and finally reprisals. Then – when offered a place of acceptance, and absence of fear, they expand, express.
There’s something to that.