Writer John Irving says Americansare sexually 'immature'

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12 October 2004, HAMBURG - Novelist John Irving blasted his fellow Americans as being sexually "immature" and having regressed in matters of sex over the past three decades in remarks reported by the German women's magazine Brigitte. In its issue to appear on newsstands on Wednesday, the magazine quotes the 62-year-old author describing an "uptight sexual morality" in his country. "I hate the way this country has dealt with sex the last 30 years," the writer said. "It's ludicrous. When it comes to sex, Ame

12 October 2004

HAMBURG - Novelist John Irving blasted his fellow Americans as being sexually "immature" and having regressed in matters of sex over the past three decades in remarks reported by the German women's magazine Brigitte.

In its issue to appear on newsstands on Wednesday, the magazine quotes the 62-year-old author describing an "uptight sexual morality" in his country.

"I hate the way this country has dealt with sex the last 30 years," the writer said. "It's ludicrous. When it comes to sex, America is the most immature country that I have ever spent any time in."

"(The US) is more puritanical, uptight and sexually immature than in the late 1950s and 1960s when I was growing up," Irving said.

Regarding sex today, Americans sound like "a bunch of uptight, rightwing Christian squares", he charged.

Irving expressed dismay over the criticism in the media of the film version of his novel "A Widow for One Year" which goes by the title "The Door in the Floor", a story containing numerous sex episodes including a 39-year-old woman sexually initiating a 16-year-old youth.

DPA

Subject: German news 

 

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