Sunday, July 26, 2009

Not Tonight, Dear

Andrea Frazer muses openly about what it's like for a middle-aged suburban mom, wife and daughter to write a blog about sex for...Good Housekeeping Magazine. We think the blog's name is slyly appropriate: My So-Called Sex Life. Anyway, we'd be interested in hearing your thoughts about it.

13 Comments:

At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Mike Q said...

I don't know, John, it seems a little lame, but I probably couldn't do any better. The subect has been done to death. Good Housekeeping should stick its housekeeping.

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Kim said...

John, ladies never kiss and tell, even in the name of keeping a good house. They just practice a Mona Lisa smile.

(It is more than a little ironic to me that my verification code for this comment is: gyncatio) sounds pretty sexy to me.

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Yes, Mike, a sex blog in that venue can't really help be anything but lame, I suppose. That's why I found it a little funny. And Kim, good point about no kiss and tell. And you're definitely on to something with those eerily appropriate verification codes. I've noticed that also, as has our friend Art, who occasionally comments on it too.

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger Diane Vogel Ferri said...

she's definitely"open" and bound to get readers. The "so-called" sex life is something we middle agers can relate to unfortunately. :( (sometimes)

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Especially you wives!! Okay, enough guilt & teasing. There's blame to go around here, no doubt.
And of course that's the other thing that made me pay attention to it: the fact that that subject in such an otherwise staid and traditional venue will no doubt cause readership to go through the roof.

 
At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Donna said...

OK John, post something else. I'm dying to comment on something, but talking about sex makes me blush. I'm a very genteel Yankee. :)

 
At 8:46 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I certainly hear you, Donna. Our generation was raised not to ever talk about this, doubly so if you were raised Catholic. But there's plenty to be said for being genteel.

But that raised the question: does reading about this subject get you equally queasy? I know you're an Updike fan, and that subject is impossible to miss with him.

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Donna said...

I don't mind a good love scene in a book if it's tastefully done -- in other words I like my art to mirror life (or the other way around). ;) And my capcha is horissi (whore is I?) OK, fess up, where'd you find the custom capchas?

 
At 12:42 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I swear it's not anything I did! Of course, tasteful is in the eye of the beholder. Especially for self-described Yankees.

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yawn. I could write a few sex stories for GHousing and get their ratings up.

Oh, and I'm surely not perfect with grammar usage...you know how much I love the semicolon! Her tag line say's "in between". It's simply "between".


Neve Black

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Now that would be funny, Neve. You'd raise the temperature about 500 degrees. But I think it's rather more than that oh-so-careful venue could handle. They'd probably lose every advertiser in about a week.

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Britta said...

Does getting the flu in a California hotel really count as an entry in a sex blog? She needs to take a clue from the people at Vermont Country Store who started selling "marital aids" alongside the flannel nightgowns. You can talk about uncomfortable topics to a conservative audience in a smart and human way.

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Great point, and nicely said, Britta. Your larger point is essential: that everything can be communicated well with any audience, as long as enough thought is put into it, including thinking about that particular audience.

 

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