On Men Undressed


Lidia Yuknavtich (a Rumpus Book Club author) conversed with Gina Frangello (also a Rumpus contributor) about Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience, an anthology premised on women writing sex from the perspective of male characters. Yuknavitch discusses not fearing a hypothetical male critic, addresses the topic of sex in world literature, and responds to the question of a follow-up Women Undressed anthology. She also elaborates on her man in Men Undressed:

“He’s alienated from almost everything but his body, his labor, his physical existence.  So his sexuality is not “specialized.”  His being gay is not a special category to his existence.  It’s an extension of his entire being and corpus, and thus when he expresses himself sexually, he is man, woman, father, mother, son, daughter—as we all are figured and disfigured by and through language and desire.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →