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Abnormal Tales: 33 Vintage Lesbian Paperbacks From the 50s And 60s

by | 30th, June 2014

“TWISTED”, “Depraved”, “Warped” these are words often found on the covers of sleazy lesbian paperbacks of the 1950s and 60s. Anything other than “normal” heterosexuality was seen as shameful and deviant. Yet, the populace gobbled up these lesbian tales by the truckload… it was sinful to practice, but evidently okay to read and fantasize about.

Here, for your vulgar amusement, are 33 covers of sinful tales of women who love women (the horror!). I’ve divided them up into 3 categories. Just because it’s filth, doesn’t mean we can’t keep it organized.


Lesbianism is an abnormality, a sickness. Somebody call a doctor!


lesbian paperback (4)


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“An actual factual story told as it is by the person who lived through it. Plus other case histories.”

So, it’s not just a factual story, but an actual factual story. Tell me more…

(from the back cover)

“Whether we are aware of it or not, each of us is endowed with a streak fo homosexuality. Psychologists have long agreed that this latent homosexuality could become overt as the result of as little as one exposure to a homosexual act…

Lesbians are made, not born, and if a woman is exposed to the degenerate thrills of lesbianism by her own mother, the odds are that she will also look for her sex life among her own gender.”


lesbian paperback (30)

“The dark world of lesbian love held her captive. Could she ever be NORMAL again?”


lesbian paperback (26)

Not only is it abnormal, but, as this book points out, it’s also “unholy”. With all these negative descriptions, one wonders if there’s any crime on earth worse than a chick liking another chick!


lesbian paperback (22)
Odd Girl Out , published in 1957, demonstrates how midcentury lesbian literature had to be a bit tamer. The lesbians were still “odd girls out”, but things weren’t quite as risqué.



lesbian paperback (8)

“A novel that courageously comes to grips with the hidden problem of deviation among women”


lesbian paperback (7)

This book is from 1967, yet it still looks at lesbianism as a strange behavior, freely chosen.


lesbian paperback (20)
“Told with unblinking honesty, here is a penetrating study of society’s greatest curse: homosexuality!”


lesbian paperback (17)

“The tragedy of a sex doomed to take their delights in strange and unnatural ways.”

These paperbacks are so conflicted. On the one hand, lesbianism is an unnatural curse. On the other, it’s the most awesome and sexy thing in the universe. No wonder people were confused.



Lesbianism was something best kept secret what would the neighbors say?


lesbian paperback (3)

lesbian paperback (29)

The Shadowy Sex explains lesbianism as a result of fearing to love men. Sounds reasonable…. of course, wouldn’t that mean the flipside could also be true that some women love men because they fear to love women? Best to not dwell on it it’s so much easier to just thoughtlessly condemn.


lesbian paperback (23)

Sex in the Shadows puts the blame on “older lesbians” who lure young innocents into their world of sin.


lesbian paperback (6)
“Drifting and tormented, she was torn between giving herself to a woman and selling herself to a man!”

Spoiler alert: She decides to give herself to a woman.


lesbian paperback (34)

lesbian paperback (35)
A common term in vintage lesbian erotic literature was “twilight”. Apparently, this word was synonymous for “illicit and disgraceful” long before the vampire movies.


lesbian paperback (28)

“They were twilight lovers in the world between the sexes.”


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lesbian paperback (24)

Whisper Their Love (1957)

With such a long history of whispering

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