Monday, March 19, 2012

Is It "Mommy Porn?"

I've posted about the popular book Fifty Shades of Grey a few times. My interest in the book is mostly geared toward the fact that an erotic romance became popular in the mainstream. It's not something I would normally read. But I have to say I've enjoyed reading it in spite of this.

Over the weekend I read a few posts about FSoG with regard to romance, erotic romance, porn, and women. One by Lori Perkins, and another by Sarah Wendel. The mainstream, as usual, came up with the ridiculous term "Mommy Porn," and people are commenting about this everywhere. These aren't the only things I've read. They just happen to be the two I found most interesting.

There's also an interesting post here, on the Dystel & Goderich blog, which discusses books like FSoG going mainstream and whether or not the publishing industry has overlooked the fact that digital books offer readers a certain amount of discretion that print books never did. In other words, no one knows what someone is reading on an e-reader, which makes it safe to read erotic romance anywhere. I've posted about this more than once. Erotic romance is, and always has been, a secret pleasure for most people, and this includes men, and it's always been about discretion.

But I'm on record about never commenting about women's issues because I'm a man. I like reading about them and learning about them because many of my own readers are women. But for me to comment on how a woman feels about an issue would be as bad as a woman commenting on how I should feel about issues as a gay man. I don't like it, and I don't think women would like it very much if I started talking about women's issues.

But I do think the posts that I've linked to are interesting in the sense that they give insight into something that seems to have everyone talking. The buzz about FSoG covers a lot of territory, from fanfic (where this book allegedly originated) to women reading erotic romance. And I walked away from each post learning something I didn't know before.

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