Butler was fascinated with the female body; in his later works he focused on sculpting young women. The bodies of the women are extremely contorted with the intention of emphasizing the sensuousness of the woman’s anatomy. This sculpture, hands and feet, objectifies the body, much as Barnes does in her 1936 novel, Nightwood. Nightwood was one of the earliest texts to present in detail homosexuality between women. This passage from her book reduces the woman from a person to a body of the earth, with emphasis on her flesh and form, much as Butler does in his sculpture. Django Reinhardt was a revolutionary musician at the time of great popularity – his mysterious melody heard in the video below, “Echoes of Spain,” seems to hint at all things taboo and unknown. This mystique was something that actress Marlene Dietrich capitalized on in her 1930 film Morocco, in which she played a provocative cabaret singer who performs in a man’s white tie and kisses another woman.