The Golden Age of Prurience #63

The Grapevine: A Report on the Secret World of the Lesbian
(by Jess Stearn)
(MacFadden Books; 1964)


MichaelRyerson said...

'Unnatural lust'? Wow, sounds hot. I mean that in a good way. Was this a textbook? I think I remember seeing my Uncle Emile with a copy of this once.

Brooks said...

Its funny how lesbians could get away with their unnatural lust in the suburbs. It wasn't uncommon for two women to live together as, you know, friends... spinsters helping each other out, poor dears.

But two men living together - totally frowned on.

This never occurred to me growing up but I recently saw this given as the reason that places like Castro Street in SF become homes to large numbers of homosexual men but not women nearly as much. The men had to run away and find some safety in numbers.

Unknown said...

I haven't read the book - it's hard to find. It is one of Jess Stearn's early works. Sensationalist non-fiction, you might say. For a very interesting perspective on it, see: