Fanny and Stella: An Interview with Neil McKenna
The Young Men Who Shocked Victoria England.
Neil McKenna talks about the case of Fanny and Stella, which revealed a hidden underworld of female impersonators and male prostitutes.
” It is significant that the Fanny and Stella trial was in 1870. It is significant that the police and the state cracked down on sexual identity. It was the manifestation of Fanny and Stella’s identity that was the problem as well as their behaviour.”