Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Megan's piece in Salon

http://www.salon.com/2013/08/12/tampa_and_filthy_sex_the_years_raunchiest_book_has_nothing_on_crime_noir/

8 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Thanks for sharing this, Patti!

George said...

Loved Megan's article! Megan's right about James M. Cain's work exploring the themes in TAMPA.

Gerard Saylor said...

Thanks for the link. I have not read TAMPA but part of the discussion reminds of TAMING THE BEAST by Emily Maguire. TAING is about the sexual relationship between a male teacher and his female student and the woman's many resulting emotional and behavioral problems.

The weird thing was that reviewers and commenters of TAMING would say how sexy the book is. No, it isn't sexy, it's rape and sexual dysfunction resulting from rape. I even asked Maguire about it http://youtu.be/mH2_axKCyKQ (Four years ago?!).

pattinase (abbott) said...

These sorts of stories creep me out. Having had a eighth grade teacher who asked me to sit on his lap from time to time, I don't care to go any closer. Ugh. Any inequality in age or power is sexual assault in my book.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read Tampa (and not sure I will), but I think that by making the main character an obvious psychopath, the author has taken the "easy" way out; after all, there's not much need to explore consequences, nuances, impulses, etc., if everything the woman does is simply "psycho-crazy." Also, I really find it distasteful that pedophilia is being presented with "hot" sex scenes. Blech! Would there be so much "approving" discussion of the sex scenes if the book concerned a male teacher and his 14-year-old female students?

Deb

pattinase (abbott) said...

A pedophile is any adult person who knowingly has sex with a minor to me. Male or female.

Kelly Robinson said...

This is an exciting piece. I've read through it twice and I'm about to read it again. I think it goes a long way toward explaining why I'm drawn to noir as a feminist -- not IN SPITE of the fact, but because of it. This is brilliant.

pattinase (abbott) said...

It really makes me want to read MIAMI P URITY again.