"In the 1940s and 1950s, being a butch or part of a butch-fem couple on the streets meant claiming the identity of difference, of being a “homo” or a “queer.” “Homo” was the term commonly used to designate their difference by those who came out in the 1930s and 1940s while “queer” is the language … Continue reading
with literally thousands of titles published in the decades between 1930 - 1970, I always knew when I set out to collect lesbian pulps, some twenty odd years ago, that I would have to be selective in my efforts. building a complete collection was unlikely to be possible - for so many reasons. my ambition … Continue reading lesbian pulp fiction: warped desire
whilst Sinclair Sexsmith’s latest piece “we need the new butch” makes some great points about racism, surgical choices, stigma against the feminine and the right of butches to be sexually submissive and receptive, it seems clear that Sexsmith themself both equates and conflates butchness with maleness - leading to some logical fallacies straight out of … Continue reading the new butch?
there is something so special and precious when a butch loves - truly loves, with her whole heart and soul and groin - the artefacts of femininity I use to materially realise the fem that I am. lipstick and perfume, high heels and lingerie, rhinestoned accessories and all the frou frou, fluff and frippery that … Continue reading unequivocal
my nails are an erotic conversation between me and the stone butches that I desire. hands are symbolic of powerful eroticism for lesbians, but it emphasises to me how obscure and specific the cultural language of desire is between butches and fems in a world that has relegated us to the status of outdated … Continue reading unspoken
images like this make me ache for access to archives of On Our Backs and the similar lesbian sex publications that flourished at the time. this is what resonates so deeply in my soul it seems elemental - a desire felt innately, a shock of recognition, a reflection finally for what I had no name, no … Continue reading
"Lesbians have actually made the world a safe place to say cunt… if you respect the proper historical antecedents." Susie Bright, “Cunt” Nothing But The Girl, 1997