Lesbian Pulp Fiction Type
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Adams, Mary Louise. "Margin Notes: Reading Lesbianism as Obscenity in a Cold War Courtroom." Love, Hate, and Fear in Canada's Cold War edited by Richard Cavell, University of Toronto Press, 2004. pp. 135-158.
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Judge McDougall’s comments were:
“This book, which is fiction, purports to deal with the life of a number of French women who enlisted in a French women's army organization during the period of the late war and the action is laid largely in the city of London. It deals almost entirely with the question of sex relationships and also with the question of lesbianism.
A great deal of the language, and particularly the description of two incidents of unnatural relationships between women, is exceedingly frank. The argument advanced before me was that publicity should be given to the question of lesbianism in order that it might act as a deterrent influence, and in this respect would be a matter for public good.
The dissemination of such information is no doubt a matter that should receive proper attention from a medical and psychological standpoint, but the manner in which the material is presented in this book does not comply with those standards in any manner.
In my opinion this book could have no other effect than to deprave and corrupt. I find the accused guilty as charged.”
Judge McDougall’s comments were cited in the U.S. Report of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Current Pornographic Materials. The Committee spent considerable time discussing the impact of paperbacks on American youth.
- Adams, Mary Louise. “Youth, Corruptibility, and English-Canadian Postwar Campaigns against Indecency, 1948-1955.” Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 6, no. 1, 1995, pp. 89–117.
- "Books, Magazines Obscene, Filthy; Company Fined." The Globe and Mail, Nov 24 1952, p. 3. ProQuest.
- "Snicker Market" The Globe and Mail, Oct 17 1952, p. 15. ProQuest.