Wednesday, June 15, 2005

OK, One Last Thought on The C-Word

Having posted my rant of 6/13 in the heat of blinding rage, now that I’ve calmed down I want to make a few clarifications, which I realize means I’m going back on my word a bit, but I’ll try to be brief:
I’m not sure about the origin of the term itself, but I suspect that both the publishing industry and the media are to blame – nevertheless, between the pink covers and the talking about the pink covers and the backlash about the pink covers and whatever might be inbetween the pink covers, at this point, almost any of us who have a public voice about it, including myself, are guilty in some way. (I was once on a panel actually titled “Just Don’t Call it C---k L-t,” and I’m sure that’s not my only infraction. Although I didn’t title it, and wasn’t as irritated then as I am now.) What it seems like to me now, with a few exceptions, is that if you are a woman writing about women in any way shape or form, regardless of the pinkness of your covers (neither of my own have been in any way pink), there’s a chance that these two words will be mentioned in conjunction with your work, whether it’s meant positively or negatively, whether it’s meant to say “You are so much better than that” or “You are the best at that” or “You are just another tired example of that.” Even someone saying something along the lines of: “Joyce Carol Oates and Toni Morrison: what to read if you’re tired of c---k l-t,” is guilty – it adds to the discussion. What I am proposing is an end to the discussion altogether.
So, reiterating what I said previously: Can we please talk about something else now?

6 comments:

Teodoro Callate said...

I hear that Kevin Federline bought Britt a 5.5 carat engagement ring recently, which confuses me because I thought they were already married. Can I have some clarification?

kfoz said...

I'd been avoiding these recent entries because I had assumed that you were proposing an all new trend in which men write about dating and relationships. I miscounted the spaces between c and k. I thought you were talking about Cock Lit! And I wondered why you were afraid to say the word out loud.

I need more coffee. Or maybe less.

Teodoro Callate said...

Maybe instead of c---k l-t we should be talking (or not talking) about d--k l-t.

Hmmmmm....

Elizabeth Crane said...

At this point I don't think "cock lit", "dick lit" or "lad lit" have been used as rampantly, but I know at least one male author who doesn't enjoy those terms either... imagine that. No Ken, the all-new trend I propose is that we stop using the terms altogether - so if you want to add your 2 cents now that you understand, I'd love to hear it.

Teodoro Callate said...

yeah, i was just trying to fool around. i was really mostly interested in talking about kevin federline since we were asked to talk about something else.

(and seriously, of course I have some thoughts about this type of thing in the music world, which is where i live artistically. thankfully, i have decided to spare standy bert my similar rants. standby bert speaks for itself! speak, bert, speak!)

Elizabeth Crane said...

Not to worry, all, there will be more to come in the future on Britney and Kevin. I was going to try to wait until September. The Federlines share our wedding anniversary.