Horizontal Collaboration: The Erotic World Of Paris, 1920-1946
2016 IndieFab Honorable Mention in Popular Culture.Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic, the celebrated history about the sex culture of Weimar Berlin, returns with a stunningly illustrated look at Paris, The City of Pleasure, prior to and during German occupation during World War II.The book Horizontal Collaboration encompasses the Jazz Age, Depression, World War and Occupation, and Liberation....
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Feral House; 1St Edition edition (October 6, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
Amazon Rank: 1122846
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“Not as all-out erotic as I had hoped (most of the photos are pretty mild by today's standards, or lack thereof) but a nostalgic romp through Paris brothels and night clubs from the early 20th century through WW II......there are a lot of wonderful ph...”
It concludes with the shuttering of the licensed brothels in 1946, which some Parisian intellectuals thought was the final "destruction of French civilization".The term "Horizontal Collaboration" refers to the sexual liaisons between French civilians and German occupiers from 1940 to 1944. These were extremely widespread and included both individual wartime relationships in addition to prostitution. As Allied armies swept across the French countryside, thousands of young women—and some men—were savagely punished by the authorities or by vigilante crowds, becoming a source of deep national shame.Author Gordon redefines the pejorative term to mean something much broader: French men and women "horizontally collaborated" to overcome all social obstacles, divisions, and regulations. These obstacles include married and unmarried couples, straights and homosexuals, foreigners and locals, gun-toting soldiers and their vanquished subjects. The natural yearning for sexual pleasure equally corrupted all cohabitating partners.This book rediscovers a remarkable time when the aesthetic and erotic capitol of Europe experienced remarkable heights and shameful lows. . . . Hundreds of images, most never before seen in a book, encompass this fascinating but little-known history.