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Lady's Chatterley's Who?

April 26, 2005

I remember hearing about Lady Chatterley's Lover back in the day - I had heard about how sexual and raunchy it was, even that it was banned in a few places, etc. etc. So, as a randy youth myself, I decided to embark on a quest to find a copy.

Sure, I could have run to the local bookstore and slapped some money on the counter for a full-priced edition, but I'm not that kind of girl. Instead, I started scouring the local thrift stores bookshelves. I found my first copy of the book for 75 cents, a copy that promptly fell apart the first time I tried to read it, thus rendering it unreadable. So I looked again - this time find a hardback copy for the same price.

And I read it.

And I thought, "So freakin' what?"

I mean, yeah, it's risque how the Lady C starts having an affair with Mellors since her husband is, um, incapicated... but it didn't shock or astonish me. Which, really, if you think about it, is kinda sad. We are so incredibly desensitized to everything these days. I mean, it's cool that censorship isn't as harsh as it was back in the day... but do we really want seven year olds dressing like hookers and watching sex on t.v.?

I guess the question is: Where do we draw the line? Who is responsible for ensuring that that line isn't crossed?

What I didn't know about Lady Chatterley's Lover is this:
"Constance Chatterley and her lover, Mellors, really broke ground in plainly shown and plainspoken sex, although the novel's obscenity trial, effecitvely ending censorship in the United States, did not take place until 1959."

Also, I liked Foster's comments about sex being impossible to write about because of those darn Victorians: "The era was unsurpassed in its production of pornography. Maybe it was that mountain of dirty writing that used up all the possibilities of writing about sex." Verrry interesting!

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