Part of one’s responsibility as a writer, is to support your community. With the broad sweeping of novels off the shelves by retailers due to the drama in the UK, many authors blogged about it. It’s a delicate situation. I don’t really like censorship, but I don’t want to see books like TAKING MY DRUNK DAUGHTER either. Case in point, I don’t think books should be published that portray child abuse, rape (for titillation) or necrophilia. But I’m no emperor and quite frankly, I enjoy my first amendment rights. I won’t give them up without a fight either. Therein resides the fine line.
However, I read a blog post the other day that had me spitting fucking nails. Now I will provide a link in a moment and while the article really really gets under my skin, I will ask that anyone commenting to show a modicum of respect. Agree or disagree – this is one of my peers and I will show her more respect than she’s shown me and mine.
The first quote that started my blood boiling:
“In broad terms, pornography is abuse: sex with children, rape, incest; sex with animals, sex with the dead, sex where blood is spilled. Porn is often, though not always, written from the male point of view, and is frequently composed with expletives and euphemisms.”
Are you kidding me? Where the hell did that definition come from? I’d be willing to wager that those in the porn industry that check ID, ensure health cards are up to date and take responsibility for their craft would love to tar and feather her for that statement.
The next quote, this is where things start to get dicey and I’ll explain.
The first rule of erotic literature is that it is literature. It should be well-written. Erotica explores the dark, hidden, secret side of human sexuality. Its key elements are psychology, disparate human emotions often explored through aspects of domination and submission. Is spanking erotic? It can be. It is a human activity and its study requires the rhythmic stroke and elegiac beat of the literary drum. In a FaceBook Forum this same week with United Filmmakers Association, Joshua Looby provided tips on shooting erotica, and writer Caesar Voghan pithily summed up the discussion by pointing out that, in film terms, in simple terms, nudity is erotic, genitalia is pornographic.
Now it should be noted, if you didn’t catch it, the above quote about nudity and genitalia is not hers, but a filmmaker’s. But this would make shows like Spartacus–porn. (Can you hear my eyes rolling?)
Finally – the third quote and what set me off:
I will end with some advice. To the booksellers: remember, writers are like flowers. Don’t trample on them. To the pornographer: put down the pen and get a life. To the erotic writer: keep going, keep writing, keep improving. Look at your work and, if you think to yourself: that’s good enough. It’s not good enough. Cut. Edit. Re-write. The way ahead will be tough. The only weapon you have is you ability, your integrity, your imagination.
So let’s sum this up: If genitalia, expletives and euphemisms are used, it’s porn. Porn is abuse. I, apparently, don’t write erotica, but according to Ms. Thurow, I write porn. Therefore, I am a criminal who should be locked up next to the child abuser, the rapist and the necrophiliac. Because my books have a bit more heat than hers and I’d rather see the word COCK then something like stem or rod or hardness. Please, I’m an adult. A dick is a dick, not a flower, not a bulge – it’s a dick, cock, erection and so on. Also, according to her and her definition, I should just quit writing. . . despite the fact that I just acquired a 3-Book deal from a publisher. Well, I should quit writing as well as thousands of other authors. 😡
Never mind that the porn industry is a $14B a year business. Yes, that’s billion. Translation: whether or not you admit it, you watch it. I have no problem admitting I watch porn. On some nights, especially the rare night where the kids are all gone, the hubby and I like to kick back with an adult beverage and something rated X or worse.
But I digress… I’d really love to hear from you. I want to know if I’m alone. What is your definition of porn? Do you think that erotica that doesn’t dance around names for genitalia actually porn? Is it criminal? Does it take from your reading experience or do you want to spend your time trying to decide if some guy is banging a hot chick or sticking into a dew filled lily?
Comment below and I’ll throw your name in a hat. I will choose one random winner (no you don’t have to agree with me to win.) I will send an Amazon gift card to the lucky winner.
Now if you want to read the blog post in it’s entirety, you can do so here. But again, I implore you to be respectful. Hell, you may even agree with her and that’s okay. Just remain respectful is all I ask.