Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Has Sex Become a Dirty Word?
Well, yes according to an article by Katie Roiphe in the January 3rd issue of the NYTBR.
Her claim is that hetereosexual male authors who deal with sex explicitly are now attacked.
She cites seeing a copy of a Philip Roth novel tossed into the subway tracks by an irate female reader.
Years ago, male writers were cheered for dealing with sex explicitly. Now they are hammered.
What do you think? Has the way we, and especially male writers, talk about sex changed? Do you need to handle sex with kid gloves? Have we demasculated sex for male writers? I'm just asking-no judgments here.