The Best Lines from Long-Lost 1966 Book “The Promiscuous Breed”

To celebrate the release of our new Pulp issue, I dredged up a handful of pulpy 1960s bottom-of-the-barrel paperbacks from a Portland vintage store. I’ll be bringing three of these long-forgotten titles back to light this week. 

the cover of the promiscuous breed

Today’s title:

The Promiscuous Breed



The Gist:

This pseudo-social-science text with a classic cover details porny case studies of American sexuality.  The book digs into the desires of modern, sex-hungry women—all, of course, to support a serious sociological theory on that country’s sexual double-standard is eroding. It’s a juicy version of the Kinsey Reports, starring conflicted, lonely secretaries, bureaucrats, and outcasts.

Best Paragraph:

“This volume deals with the very real problems of Sex Before Marriage, problems which beset your town, your community, your own home. It shows the reader in carefully researched case histories just how the death knell of chastity is being sounded in America and why. In it you will meet the new breed of promiscuous woman. Aggressive, sure of herself, she no longer considers marriage, a husband and security, the be-all and end-all of her existence. Instead, she seeks relationships free of restrictions.”

Most Absurd Sexy Sentence:

“Tamar has few friends at work; even two airline pilots, old rough and ready goodtime Charlies, had to back off when she suggested a multi sex circus involving the three of them.” 

Best Chapter Title:

 Sexing Away the Idle Hours


Tomorrow: The Bisexual Revolution!

If you’re in Portland, you’re invited to our Pulp issue release party on March 6th. No matter where you live, you can read the Pulp issue online

by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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2 Comments Have Been Posted

thank you for this little gem.

"a multi sex circus"? This book sounds painfully hilarious. Also, good to know there's such a thing as a relationship "free of restrictions"...

"Old rough and ready good

"Old rough and ready good time Charlies"? That is my new favorite descriptive phrase. Where does one find a rough and ready good time Charlie?

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