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Men are from Mars; women lust after Mars

The Washington Post had the foresight to include the Sunday magazine section in the paper delivered on Friday, the last print issue we have seen since the Snowpocalypse hit the DC area Friday afternoon. Because of that, I was able to stave off crossword puzzle withdrawal, and to read one of my favorite features, Gene Weingarten's humor column.

This week's column is called “XXX for the XX Set: Women's erotica isn't just dirty. It's nice and dirty.” In it, Gene interviews writer Kate Rothwell, who writes romantic erotica under the name Summer Devon.

Gene Weingarten is almost always funny, and this column made me laugh out loud. But I do think Ms. Rothwell/Devon is wrong about one thing. I think men can write women's erotica if they have studied it, which Gene Weingarten clearly hadn't (his attempt was one of the places that made me laugh). But when men do write for the “women's market,” they use a feminine pseudonym, because otherwise most women would assume it wasn't what they were looking for.

If you have a moment, read the column and then let me know what you think of the assertion that basically, porn/erotica is about unrealistic expectations. I found that statement fascinating.

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Feb. 7th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Ever read THE GROUP by Mary McCarthy? Now there was a first time that women could empathize with. Basically, it boiled down to he's happy and she's no longer a virgin but she can't figure out what all the fuss is about because not that much happened.
Feb. 7th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't. I might want to check that out. Was there a lot of desire leading up to it, and then there's the big letdown?

Feb. 8th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
Been a long time since i read it; it's considered a classic of early feminism. I seem to recall the part i mentioned was older guy, younger woman, and she was more curious than anything else. Also, remember it was written way way back in the early 60's and set in the 30's, The Wikipeia entry on it is pretty good. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Group_%28novel%29
Feb. 8th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Was it strictly curiosity, or was there a real interest between the two?

The book being written in the 60's about the 30's will have an impact, since things have evolved since then.
Feb. 8th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
She might well have written it in the 50's for all I know. I don't recall the details well enough to answer your questions, but it seems to me they did start a relationship.
Feb. 8th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info, Karen. I'm going to have to follow up with that novel.

(It just occurred to me that we're talking about this while I'm watching the Super Bowl. Go figure.)

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