dick lit

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EtymologyEdit

dick (penis) + lit (literature), as a play on chick lit.

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dick lit (uncountable)

  1. (informal, vulgar) Literature which appeals to, or is marketed toward, male readers.
    • 2002, Jackie McGlone, "To hold but not to have", Scotland on Sunday, 13 October 2002:
      "I am really tired of reading about sad women and bad sex, especially in laddish terms - all that dick-lit stuff," she says dismissively.
    • 2004, Leslie Schur, The Dog Walker, Atria Books (2004), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      She knew that he read books. Okay, so it was that trendy kind of real-life adventure-tragedy-on-Everest-in-Antarctica-in-Krakatoa-with-sharks-with-fire stuff. Sure, it was Dick Lit (a term Nina had coined in response to Chick Lit), but they were books, for god's sake, and not just the sports or business pages that many men considered "reading."
    • 2009, Malina Saval, The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens, Basic Books (2009), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      Peter Cameron's Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You has been touted as the current generation's Catcher in the Rye (both the Chbosky and Cameron titles provide teen dick lit alternatives to the many adolescent chick lit offerings).

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