We have quite the roundup of sexy news today. First off, BBC One will be adapting Lady Chatterley’s Lover into a 90-minute feature. Jed Mercurio, creator and director of the British series Line of Duty, will be directing the film. “I’m immensely excited by this opportunity to dramatise its iconic themes in a fresh and original way,” he said to The Guardian. D. H. Lawrence’s controversial book about a love affair between a lower-class gamekeeper and an upper-class woman was considered too obscene for publication in 1928 and was banned for almost 30 years in both the U.K. and the U.S. On April 10th, Richard H. Hoggart, the academic credited with getting the ban lifted on Lady Chatterley, passed away at the age of 95. Even though Hoggart was not the most famous witness called to the 1960 obscenity trial in London, he was considered the most persuasive in convincing the jury to overturn the charges. Read his full obituary at the New York Times.
Zoe Williams at The Guardian has a smart write-up of two books covering sexism in the media and pop culture. One is the book version of the Everyday Sexism Project, which has this manifesto: “We catalog instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest. Say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you. By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism does exist, it is faced by women every day and it is a valid problem to discuss.” The other book takes the cake for best title I’ve heard this year: The Vagenda. Williams makes the point that the authors of Vagenda, while fun and sassy to read, don’t do a proper job fact-checking, which ends up invalidating many of their otherwise solid arguments. Bummer, I wanted to shortlist this title for something.
Pressing question of the day, as posed by The New Yorker: How much gay sex should a novel have? I will leave you with that.
There’s a whole trend in China right now of straight women writing male-on-male gay romance fiction, called “slash fiction.” (Slash for the forward slash in “male/male” or “m/m.”) Rumor has it that slash fiction originated with the Star Trek fan fiction featuring steamy Kirk/Spock stories – generally authored by female fans. But the Chinese are very anti-porn and anti-obscenity (See also: Lady Chatterley’s Lover), so they have recently arrested at least 20 women for the “crime” of writing slash fiction and other racy romance fiction. So I guess the Chinese haven’t jumped on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon. [The Daily Dot]
And because space is sexy: Little, Brown has acquired rights to publish a new book by former astronaut Chris Hadfield featuring photographs from the International Space Station. You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes will be in bookstores this fall. “Chris Hadfield’s new book, You Are Here, encapsulates his singular eye for our world as it appears from above. We first fell for his photographs over Twitter, and now we have the chance to see the earth with startling freshness in these hand-selected shots from the thousands Chris took on board the International Space Station. Chris’s new book is full of beauty, whimsy, and a keen sense for the planet we share,” said vice president and executive editor John Parsley in a press release. Dreamy.