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22 September 2012 @ 09:04 pm
Pulp feminism  
I have got this far into my weekend correcting galley proofs, doing laundry, hauling stuff to the recycling station, and reading 40-year-old thrillers, e.g., Bill Pronzini's The Vanished, recently scooped up from the discard table at the Smyrna Public Library.  Last night's selection was by the English writer John Creasey (1908-73), who published more than 600 hundred crime and science-fiction novels under 28 different pseudonyms.  I trust they weren't all as silly as The Voiceless Ones (1973), in which a worldwide army of "militant feminists" in powder-blue uniforms attempts to overthrow patriarchy by means of a chemical compound called silena, which robs people of the power of speech.  This plot is thwarted by Dr. "Sap" Palfrey, head of Z5, an international evil-fighting organization along the lines of U.N.C.L.E.

Militant feminists may have long since put away their powder-blue uniforms and their silena, but, according to one well-known right-wing blowhard, they are still trying to overturn the "natural" order of things, apparently to some effect.
Bobby Kingbluebobby on October 5th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
See, now that sounds good to me.

But I'm a sucker for militant feminists in powder blue uniforms. I even watched the first 10 or 11 episodes of Pan Am when they were free on iTunes.

By the way, I finally caught up on the Archives...just in time for (it seems) the demise of the line.

Bobby (Memphis)
impatientape: Chuck Berryimpatientape on October 5th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmmm...
Bobby! Good to hear from you after all this while!

The DC Archives line certainly seemed moribund a couple of years ago, but its resurgence during the past twelve months -- Sugar and Spike, Lois Lane, Justice League of America, Legion of Super-Heroes, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash -- has given me reason to go on living.