February 7th, 2010

Earth from space

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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