The reviews for Dublin Seven, Frankie Gaffney’s debut novel, have largely been very positive—expect for one aspect. The sex scenes.
To say the reaction has been mixed would be an understatement. Labeled everything from “gratuitous and repetitive” to “chauvinistic” to “a curious instance of the interplay between tradition and the individual talent,” people simply didn’t know how to react to a novel where sex scenes are as common as quotation marks.
Some were disgusted; some were enthralled. Everybody had something to say about it. And what was Frankie’s response to the controversy? A video featuring Dubliners reading the most explicit scenes of Dublin Seven out loud. Obviously.
The video is as hilariously awkward as you’d expect but also asks some deeper questions about sex, feminism, and Irish culture. Take a look at the brave souls reading aloud some pretty descriptive sex and ask yourself if you would have the guts to join them. Read Frankie's motivation for making the video here via the Irish Times.