Sold in train stations, drugstores and newsstands or mailed out like magazines and named for the low quality of the paper they were printed on, these novels depicted the possibility of queer relationships, but also suggested that if anyone pursued such a relationship she would in many cases end up institutionalized, hospitalized or really heterosexual all along. However, lesbian pulp fiction also suggested the possibility of queer sex. Specifically, hilarious queer sex. Claude was not a man; then what was she doing to her?
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Development of the genre[ edit ] Cover of The Strange Path by Gale Wilhelm illustration by Robert Maguire In the early to mid 20th century, only a handful of books were published that addressed lesbians as characters in relationships with women. We Too Are Drifting Gale Wilhelm, Random House Pity for Women Helen Anderson, Doubleday Torchlight To Valhalla , later titled The Strange Path when reissued in paperback in Gale Wilhem, Random House During World War II, the military distributed small paperbacks to its forces, causing a large population of Americans to become accustomed to having access to cheap books and thus creating a demand for the same easy access to reading material when the soldiers returned home. These books were dubbed "pulp" fiction because they were inexpensive and usually sensational or low-brow, much like the "pulp" magazines of the first half of the 20th century. Pulps were not necessarily "low brow. Because the literature was not respected, it was not censored as readily, although most of the larger paperback publishers were wary of postal censorship, and, for instance, took care not to publish works that were overly supportive of "deviant" lifestyles. In terms of lesbian fiction, these books were the only ones available in many locations to people who had no previous access to information or stories that involved lesbian characters.
Click to print Opens in new window The best part of reading lesbian pulp fiction is the tone, and the worst part is that everyone turns out straight, because the publishers had to get the books past censors somehow and the best way to do that was to portray the girls who went gay as either a. And those are just the ones I could find in five minutes on the Internet. The first person narration is a little too Carrie Bradshaw voiceoveresque, and there is very little actual action, either of the plot-moving kind or the in-your-pants kind. But it was still one of the very first lesbian pulps, and what it says about the genre is far more interesting than what it says about military non-scandal.
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