When Fifty Shades of Grey became a bestseller there was a lot of chatter about how shocking it was that American housewives would read such material. Yet, stories that put that to shame used to be sold in the checkout aisle at grocery stores across the country. Housewives across this great land were reading about deviant sex told in graphic detail, and they were picking it up in the rack next to the Juicy Fruit.
Here are a few pages from one of these tawdry rags. As usual, I've also included some of the advertising. As you might expect, they're pretty much all about getting bigger boobs and losing weight.
Cook, sew, decorate... or read Midnight Cowboy.
Man, I bet mama's hot biscuits and peanut butter cake were damn good too.
Yep. These magazines definitely knew their target audience.
"It doesn't taste very nice so you'll think twice before you bite." I wonder if this is still around.