lesbian pulp and the lavender universe: April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Golden Age of Lesbian Pulp

The publication of "Women's Barracks" in 1950 brought forth "The Golden Age of Lesbian Pulp". Barbara Grier coined the phrase to describe a decade in which Lesbian Pulp paperbacks flourished and were printed by the millions.

In the restrictive 1950s these books were often a lifeline for women (and men) who otherwise had no connection to a lgbt community. Recently, a 68 year old man told me he read them all when he was 16 pretending that the characters were all male because at that time there really wasn't a male version of these books.

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After reading "The Girls in 3B" my friend Vanna said "you really felt the yearning, the wanting". Although many of the pulps have sexual book jacket art, the writing was usually much more suggestive than graphic.

There were morality laws to worry about back then. It's horrible to imagine but the lesbian books were expected to end tragically so as not to "encourage homosexuality".  Kudos to author Paula Christian for being the first author to break this pattern with her novel, "Edge of Twilight" which had a positive ending relationship.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

How the Lesbian got the Girl

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Going by these lesbian pulp book covers, I guess it is the brunette who always "gets the girl". Mmm, I am talking hollywood-style where the girl is always a blonde. And now we know who they really mean by "tall, dark and handsome".

If these illustrations were for a movie poster, the film title could be 
"Same Place. Same Time. Same Pose".

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

we certainly knew how to have fun

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