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Vintage Smut & Sex History Link Round-Up

The Lion House, Vintage "Lesbian" Pulp Paperback

1.) Reading The Sexual Segregation Of She-Ra; Or, Why I Love Thundarr had me thinking about the Grecian myths of the Amazons… Those legends of antiquity clearly depict a separatist society of all-female warriors, which has long made me wonder about those ancient Greeks who feared women in so many ways. (Who knew Saturday morning TV and action figures could be such heady, intellectual stuff? …Well, a lot of us make it so, don’t we.)

2.) Now that the Cold War is over, you can catch up on the hot times in Russian history: Alexander Donskoy opens a sex museum in Moscow, near the Kremlin.

3.) In When Being a Lesbian Was Profitable, For Men, Lisa Hix explores part of the story behind vintage lesbian pulps (and the pseudo-sexology studies) which peddled, proliferated, pandered to, and profited from the male fantasies of curing lesbianism. (Having read a number of these myself, I can sum them up this way: Think of Letters To Penthouse — only even more male fantasy focused. Yes, that is possible.)

4.) When in (ancient) Rome… Travelers et al needn’t have worried about not speaking the language in order to partake of the world’s oldest profession as special coins (exonumia) were used to negotiate and purchase sex: The Tender Flesh of Ancient Roman Prostitution Tender.

5.) If all this has been to cerebral for you, or you just want some additional fun, read along with James Lilek’s as he mocks his way through a retro 1977 issue of Frederick’s Of Hollywood catalog.

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