Does it matter if various parts don’t fit together? Here’s the situation she’s addressing: All the middle class white people have the sexual blahs. Why? Well, on the one hand:
The real culprit, originating in the 19th century, is bourgeois propriety. As respectability became the central middle-class value, censorship and repression became the norm. Victorian prudery ended the humorous sexual candor of both men and women during the agrarian era, a ribaldry chronicled from Shakespeare’s plays to the 18th-century novel.
But there are some good non-white non-middle-class things:
A class issue in sexual energy may be suggested by the apparent striking popularity of Victoria’s Secret and its racy lingerie among multiracial lower-middle-class and working-class patrons, even in suburban shopping malls, which otherwise trend toward the white middle class. Country music, with its history in the rural South and Southwest, is still filled with blazingly raunchy scenarios, where the sexes remain dynamically polarized in the old-fashioned way
Is Victoria’s Secret and country music old-fashioned in the Shakespearean way or the 1950′s way. I always thought both were very 50′s fantasies, but nevermind.
Her important indictments actually are disappointingly full of cliches. Stop me if you’ve heard this one:
Meanwhile, family life has put middle-class men in a bind; they are simply cogs in a domestic machine commanded by women. Contemporary moms have become virtuoso super-managers of a complex operation focused on the care and transport of children. But it’s not so easy to snap over from Apollonian control to Dionysian delirium.
That’s despite the research that says that feminist have more fun in bed (to put it loosely).
There is one notable observation; Rob found it for us here.