Do You Remember the First Time?
The influence of postwar pulp fiction on BDSM & femdom
In the the postwar era of the 50s & 60s men’s adventure pulp magazines were the mainstay of lurid, exploitative and these days we’d say, down right offensive stories. There’s no PC or Safe, Sane & Consensual here 🙂 They mostly centred around ‘true’ (take that with a pinch of salt) stories of war, survival and crime, with a colourful sensational cover illustration. En masse animals attacks were particularly popular (?) – famously the cover ‘Weasels Ripped My Flesh’ inspired an album cover by Frank Zappa.
Some bordered on soft porn and I can see the early seeds of BDSM and Femdom that must have found its way to an audience deprived of any other expressions of it. The magazines that dealt with rather ‘creative’ bondage and torture were sometimes referred to as ‘sweat magazines’. While looking back at them all together I can see how much they have influenced the fetish scene with the costumes and themes – notably: that ever present uniform shirt, open to the waist with busting breasts; tight knee boots; exotic goddesses ruling all female societies; and all importantly the uniformed sadistic bitch, whip in hand. They were probably under appreciated at the time but some of the cover artwork is outstanding and quite expressive.