First edition. Octavo. 45pp. Stapled Illustrated yellow wrappers. Modest wear on the wrappers, very good or better. Practical guide to Sadomasochism for lesbians, all written by women, issued by Samois, a group of S&M aficionados who met regularly. Scarce. OCLC locates seven copies. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: What Color is your Handkerchief: A Lesbian S...
Publication Date: 1979
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description Samois, 1979. Paperback. Condition: Used: Very Good. Samois, 1979. Stated 4th printing of June 1980. Xeroxed, staple-bound booklet; 175mm x 211mm; 45pp. A compilation of writings "prepared to answer questions lesbians have about where S/M might fit into their lives," published by what is believed to be the first lesbian BDSM group in the US. Contents include a statement from Samois with information on membership; "A Lesbian Glossary of S/M Terminology" & "Cathexis: A Preliminary Investigation into the Nature of S-M", both by Barbara Lipschutz; "Coming Out on S&M" by Driverwoman; Sado-Masochism--Another Point of View" by Joan Bridi Miller; "Masochist's Lib" by Terry Kolb; "A Proud and Emotional Statement" by Janet Schrim; "Don't Close the Closet Door Just Because There's Leather Inside" by Skip A.; "Sexual Politics, the New Right, and the Sexual Fringe" by Gayle Rubin; and three resource articles on handkerchief color codes for lesbians, leather and rubber goods, and lesbian-feminst S/M literature. Several articles previously published in journals such as Hera, RT, and The Village Voice; other articles written for this publication. Very light shelfwear, some age-toning to beige card-stock covers. Interior pages are clean. Several small illustrations throughout text. From a private collection. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Seller Inventory # 248016