If you hear any of the following words or phrases used to describe a female character in a movie made before 1970, odds are good that they’re trying to tell you about a lesbian, a real shadows girl, someone who prefers the hour just after dusk, a gal with her own library card.
Fond of her health
“Pays her own way”
“She keeps her hands in her pockets”
“Carries plenty of spare change”
A real pal
A shirts-and-trousers female
“Carries her own purse”
“She kisses backwards”
“She’s an evening girl, fond of the twilight hours”
“Stands up on a night train”
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.