‘Sleaze’ books were cheap exploitation paperbacks written in the 1950s and sold to anyone with 50 cents to spare. A popular subgenre was psychiatrist’s couch bodice ripper that revealed the secrets of sexually frustrated patients or the lurid downfall of predatory doctors.
With the advent of modern neuroscience we now know that these books rewire the brain and turn people into sex addicts.
No wait, they take take advantage of latent oedipal urges and allow the expression of dangerously repressed desires.
It’s definitely one or the other. Either way, don’t click the links below or you’ll go blind.