S.E. Hinton Dishes On Porn, Gender, & Matt Dillon

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The Outsiders writer and former tomboy S.E. Hinton says, "I didn't think like a girl, so it's always been easier to write from a male point of view."

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In what sounds like a pretty fun conversation, she also told Jane Smiley at the LA Times Festival of Books that she enjoyed writing soft porn scenes for her first novel for adults, Hawkes Harbor, and that a class on Jane Austen at Tulsa University was "one of the highlights of my life." "And believe me," she says, "I've been hugged by Matt Dillon and that wasn't as good!" [Publishers Weekly]

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I think girls think differently than guys. In general, we process language and spatial orientation differently, not better or worse but differently. For me, feminism is about social political and economic equality, not pretending the sexes are not at all different.