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World of Women

2.62 of 5 stars 2.62  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  3 reviews
"Her name was Kat, and she prowled a forbidden jungle where only women were allowed!" These words on the cover of World of Women draw you in. But quickly you learn Kat's world is not a world of women, but a twisted existence where she uses both men and women for her own sick pleasure and purposes. First there is Susan, the poor gal she grows tired of and leaves high and dr ...more
Published 1968 by Cleis Press
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This is the first of the "lesbian" pulps I've read that I've not liked. When I was reading books about queer pulp they talked about the ones that were read by lesbians and the ones that were read by men. This definitely fell into the ones aimed at men category. It was late 1968 so it was much more sexually explicit than the other books I read but it was also the straightest! Despite the title and the description of Kat as a "lesbian" she in fact only slept with three women and six men in the sto ...more
Kat, the main character, is thoroughly unlikable. She is a user and an abuser, with her only thought being as to how she can get ahead in this world. She takes what she can from people and then leaves them to move on to bigger and better things (at least in her mind), and then the cycle repeats itself.

Kat's not a lesbian, in spite of the title "World of Women." I suppose one could characterize her as bisexual, as she sleeps with both men and women (in fact, she sleeps with more men in this "lesb
Cleis Press touts this as a "lesbian pulp classic" but it falls short of its promise, because the protagonist Kat is bisexual, so while there are episodes of girl-on-girl intimacy, she confesses her sexual escapades spent with men are more satisfying, not really what lesbians want to read.

"World of Women" may or may not have enough sapphic love scenes in the book to satisfy you. Still, the book has that seedy urban New York City in the Fifties charm, so I liked it but I wouldn't marry it.
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