lesbian pulp fiction was huuuuuuuge cottage industry during the 1950s, 1960s - know your history, know that same-gender women existed before Stonewall and all that
but the novels wouldn’t be published unless, very explicitly and in text a woman DIED or was sent to an asylum because that was what loving another woman did. you deserved that punishment.
and like, can you imagine the lesbians of the 1950s, of the 1960s and this is literally the only available depiction they can see of themselves. because women who loved women bought these novels, desperate for connection.
and people kept writing us dying.
and still do
this is all true! there was one, called the price of salt, that ended up being quite remarkable for the fact that not only did both of them survive, but they also went back to each other at the end, in a tone of “this is the proper happy ending.”
Side effects of gay regency porn may include severe elephantiasis and portraits looking shocked at you.
Submitted by fannycousland
PSA: novels with gay characters are not called “slash books”
If you call them that I am going to narrow my eyes at you and back away slowly and shake my head just once before I disappear over the horizon, never to be seen again
Less than 1% of published YA novels have LGBT characters.
Of those, 50% of them are boys, while only 25% of them are girls. These numbers are especially worrying given most YA novels are marketed to girls. Where’s our queer representation?
Finally, even if an LGBT youth does find the 1% of books that include them in the story, how will they know? Less than 15% of the YA books published with LGBT characters in 2012 clearly conveyed the representation on the cover.
Kivi & Monsterhund is a Swedish kid’s book featuring a gender-neutral child, gender-neutral pronouns and a support cast of gender non-specific characters. The follow up book Kivi & the Sobbing Girraffe tackles bullying.
athousandreasonstolive submitted [Photo depicts book cover showing partially dressed girls in locker room while gym teacher (with whistle in her mouth) stares at them. Title of book is “Bobby Blanchard, Lesbian Gym Teacher” by Monica Nolan, and the caption says “She schooled them in field hockey…and desire.” There is also a star sticker with the words “First Shocking Printing!”]
okay so my dad finally found his copy of the two towers and oh mY GOD IT LOOKS LIKE A ROMANCE NOVEL I CAN’T STOP LAUGHINFG WHENEVER I SEE IT
LOO K AT LEGOLAS’ MULLET CZKLANXNKSKAHX AND GIMLI’S JUST STARIUNG INTO THE DISTANCE
I actually thought this was a romance cover before I stopped and read the description