German Author Scares Country with Sex Tales

I love reading about sex. Who doesn’t? And I know I’m not the only one who can’t resist NSFW (not safe for work) warnings. So naturally, when I read the NYTimes.com headline “Germany Abuzz at Racy Novel of Sex and Hygene,” I was pumped.
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Born in England, German Actress/Writer Charlotte Roche, who starred in Trainspotting, has the whole German nation talking out loud about sex in an entirely different way. Her debut novel “Wetlands” (or “Feuchtgebiete” in German) thoroughly details the sexual exploits and “private grooming habits” of an 18-year-old girl Helem Memel. Racy!

While we haven’t gotten our hands on it yet, here’s what NYTimes.com’s Nicholas Kulish has to say of the book.

“The book, which will be published next year in the United States, is a headlong dash through every crevice and byproduct, physical and physiological, of it’s narrator’s body and mind. It’s difficult to overstate the raunchiness of the novel and hard to describe in a family newspaper.”

The book, which is the ONLY German book to take the No. 1 spot on Amazon.com’s global best-seller list, is also said to be challenging Germany’s ideas of “women’s roles and image in society.” Roche calls it “Feminism of the body.”

“It’s not feminist in a political sense, but instead feminism of the body, that has to do with anxiety, repression and fear that you stink, and this for me is clearly feminist, that one builds confidence with your own body,” the article quotes Roche saying.

From what I gather, the novel is an honest (maybe too honest for some) account of what goes on in the body and mind of an 18-year-old sexually active girl (who seems to also have some deep rooted issues, as the writer mentions “family traumas”).

And who can’t relate to a “not so fresh” feeling down there, a bad wax experience or an unfortunate shaving accident?

On a whole different note, the added bonus to this article was learning about a German feminist rapper named Lady Bitch Ray (and when you visit her Myspace page, your curser turns into the international sign for cunnilingus) who owns her own Record Label called Vagina Style Records.

Girl power!!!

—Bobbi

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