Feminism Is Loving Your Fragrant Ladyflower

There has been a lot of talk about Charlotte Roche's Wetlands and whether it is, as the author says, "not feminist in a political sense, but instead feminism of the body, that has to do with anxiety and repression and the fear that you stink," or whether it's just the literary equivalent of a Sarah Silverman act, all… » 6/09/08 1:00pm 6/09/08 1:00pm

Somebody's Getting Their Lands Wet

This morning, Jessica wrote about the New York Times coverage of the German novel Feuchtgebiete (known in English as Wetlands), though it won't be available in translation until next year. I'll bet you thought you'd have to wait until then to read some German smut! Well, luckily for you, I majored in German lit and… » 6/06/08 4:00pm 6/06/08 4:00pm

Sexual Taboo-Busting German Novelist Inspired By Douches. Literally.

Meet Charlotte Roche, Germany's Erica Jong for the aughts. The former TV presenter's new novel, Wetlands, is causing causing quite the hubbub in Germany for its frank discussion of scatology and anatomy from the mouth of its 18-year-old narrator, Helen Memel. Roche, a self-proclaimed feminist, was inspired to write » 6/06/08 9:30am 6/06/08 9:30am