New PDF release: Bitch, Issue 58: Pulp (Spring 2013)

Camp classics, naughty bits, woman P.I.s! Plus: attractive werewolves!

Letter from the HQ

Letters & Comments

Love It/Shove It

condo of ache: the most recent Blow to the Violence opposed to ladies Act

The whinge List

||| at the Books—Pro-choice meets pro-church in Northern Ireland's first abortion clinic

||| at the Street—A Q&A with COYOTE founder Margo St. James

||| On Language—The divisive discourse surrounding a debatable surgery

::: Pulp Nonfiction—The unnerving fascination with prime-time real crime

::: extraordinary lady again In—A Q&A with lesbian pulp pioneer Marijane Meaker

::: exciting stories and Juicy Bits—An eclectic, inconclusive, and under no circumstances all-encompassing survey of pulp

::: Paranormal Boyfriends, Purity Myths, and useful Virgins—The literature of wasting it

::: Artist Statement—Don't name Favianna Rodriguez a political artist

\\\ It was once a gloomy and Snowy Night—How heroes grew to become heroines in Nordic noir fiction

\\\ Screening for Donors—The new innovations (and standard considering) of reproductive know-how in film

\\\ Love within the Machine—A Q&A with Lido Pimienta
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The tassel-twirling babe of Japanese, Cheyenne, and Scotch-Irish heritage is perhaps best known for her role as hard-ass gang leader Varla in the 1965 Russ Meyer classic film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! ” —Jennifer K. Stuller Your purchase of this digital edition makes it possible for us to thrive. 58 bitch | 39 I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space Now that Susan the secretary has been kidnapped from Earth, her life will never be the same! com) follows Susan as she falls in with the swashbuckling Janet McSapphic and her crew of lady-loving ne’er-dowells as they take on cannibals, kings, and a string of nemeses from here to Lesbos-1.

Sold in drugstores and train stations for pennies and printed on low-quality paper, pulp fiction was easy to produce and even easier to consume—provided that publishers made it sexy enough to sell but moral enough to get it past postal censors. As one of the earliest lesbian-pulp authors, Marijane Meaker, under the pen name Vin Packer, wrote in a time when publishers dictated the endings of her books and the idea of a lesbian canon was nonexistent. She also inspired Ann Bannon (author of the Beebo Brinker Chronicles), dated Patricia Highsmith (author of The Price of Salt and Strangers on a Train), and still writes today—currently, she’s working on a memoir about her publishing life in New York.

We were lucky that we weren’t arrested—that’s how we felt. It was a very dark time if you were gay. It was nothing like today—there was certainly no newspaper, no magazines, nothing. The only way you met people was by going to bars. I wanted to be a writer, so how I felt was delighted. I couldn’t imagine having any effect on anything—I just was going to be published. That’s how I felt about it. I felt it was amazing that I was getting published. I also knew enough not to use my real name, because the sub- ject was anathema.

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