For readers outside the West, the settings these women described were exotic:
Free tiny sex white women reformers interested in promoting Native American assimilation, for example, worked to define the well-kept single-family home—and the woman at its center—as a key marker of civilization.
Stewart had a dream of recapturing the glory age of the frontiersman rendezvous, although with a twist.
A land of contradictions as well as opportunity — Virginia Scharff.
They were sodbusters, carpenters, mechanics, horsebrokers, outlaws, lawmen, some of the first corn-growers in Iowa, wheat-growers in Montana, and "Okies" driven out of the Depression-era dustbowl.
Lesbians in American Indian Cultures.
There appears to be good reason for that, as Wild West facts about doing the do are more scarce than you would imagine.
Yet women writers were just as likely to revise as support these mythologies, which centered on male endeavor, and they frequently portrayed western sites as not wild and liberating, canadian amature sex provincial and claustrophobic.
Indeed, the macho attitude traditionally affected by cowboys and gunfighters may have reflected the personal sexual insecurity of young men who often had little contact with women from the time they were first sent out on the range in their early teens, until a decade or more later--if they survived long enough and developed skills sufficient to hair masks to make hair thicker work back in town.
Author Gore Vidal, himself a homosexual who knew Tripp, thinks the proof is clear.
Pregnancy and childbirth were a dangerous business back on the American frontier, but the methods of contraception were equally so.