Femme Fatales and Fragile Frails

In Glasgow last weekend, on advice of Mslexia’s Little Ms, I went to Glasgow Women’s Library to see the Femme Fatales and Fragile Frails – Women In Pulp Fiction exhibition. Donna Moore, curator of the exhibition, showed us books and artwork and gave us some background. There’s so much for me to learn about the genre. I had no idea the early books featuring lesbian characters and storylines were marketed at men, for example;  I believe the term “one handed read” might be appropriate.

Fluff magazine - on the cover, "Snappy American  Love Stories"
Fluff magazine – on the cover, “Snappy American Love Stories”
Fluff magazine - open the page, and the stories turn  "Spicy". Interesting censorship.
Fluff magazine – open the page, and the stories turn “Spicy”. Interesting censorship.

We were given tea and biscuits, chatted to Donna and colleague for a while about book themes, how they changed over the decades and how the covers of pulp fiction books are the finest – the drawings are so damn sexy (all the broads have great racks).

pulp women redhead

The best “OMG! I think I follow you on Twitter” moment in the world ever came next, when Donna and I realised we knew each other (virtually, that is). Serendipity at its finest – I’m miles away from home, in another country, and stumble upon a kindred spirit.

Pulp women

The Femme Fatales and Fragile Frails exhibition is on all month, and you can try your hand at writing some pulp fiction while you’re there. Oh, and they make the loveliest tea and serve very nice biscuits; always a plus.

@cathbore

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