Let’s all just relax and think about porn

It occurs to me, as I am in somewhat of a reflective mood, that there is a small question to be posed here.

I’ve seen the arguments, for and against porn, by feminists or not, and… well, it’s pretty much all been said, so I’m not going to. What got me thinking was wondering:
a) when the next issue of Scarlet comes out, and
b) why, why did it have to go so mainstream?

For the unaware, Scarlet is now becoming regarded as the most ‘hardcore’ of the UK womens’ monthly magazines. It’s relatively new. It’s rather like Cosmopolitan, which previously held the word-of-mouth award for the most sex obsessed womens’ magazine, but without the bits on diets.
So far, so good.
In every issue there’s a section called Cliterature. Erotic literature – four or five short stories, all featuring sex in one way or another.
As you might expect, I was pretty interested in this, not having seen it before, so I went hunting on the internet, like you do, and came up with Literotica. And I read, and some of it was shite, and some of it was pretty good, and some of it was really quite nauseating.

So, my question to be posed is,
is erotic literature written about rape, nonconsent or reluctance given the same reaction as film of the same subject? Is it, for lack of a better vocabulary, just as ‘bad’?

I can see that it’s good insofar as nobody is actually, physically degraded or abused in the making of said literature – or at least, it’s not mandatory. What’s actually happened behind the authors’ closed doors, of course, is another matter.
But would the anti-porn movement rail against it on the grounds that if people read about it, they’ll want to watch it / emulate it?
Does that hold true of the other themes of erotic literature?
Does the anti-porn movement also want to eradicate erotic literature as a genre?

As an amusing aside, there is a marked difference between bad erotic literature on that site appearing to be written by men (going by pseudonyms and the gender, if applicable, of the narrator/ first person) and those appearing to be written by women.
The good ones are all much the same; they work!

The worst ones, both ‘male’ and ‘female’, tend to be poorly spelt, poorly written, unimaginative and with very little concept of grammar, which makes them irritatingly hard to read. There is generally little build up, and even less plot – fine for a film, foolish for a story.

Hilariously, the ‘male’ ones tend to be obsessed with size. There will be constant references to the protagonists thick 12 inches, and so on (come on, guys – a FOOT LONG?!?!). Any character development will start something along the lines of “she was a hot blonde with natural 34DDs”.
I’ve even found a description of breasts as “conical mammaries”!
Possibly the worst one I ever found, which made me laugh out loud, was the story in which the male narrator, while having sex with, in all likelihood, a “hot blonde”, explains totally seriously, “I have amazing stamina, but when I cum, I cum for a solid five minutes”. Straining the bounds of credibility a little, methinks… and even worse, he continues “but don’t worry, I stay rock solid for that time, so I’ll be able to carry on fucking you”…
The stories filed under the “humour and satire” section were more erotic than that!

Whatever your views on porn, and whichever bracket you think erotic literature should fall into, I’d say there’s a great temptation to let it be, just so that you can laugh at stories like that….!

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2 Comments on “Let’s all just relax and think about porn”

  1. Sam says:

    scarlet has gone downhill i think it is alot more mainstram, which may boost profits but i think for the main stram of readers they will be disappointed what they need is some more articles on sex and various fetishes etc to broaden horizen.
    definatly a leatex article needed. 🙂

    i think also for erotic literature to ‘work’ it needs to be believeable. an example of this would be they story scarlet just finished in 2 parts about the dead ghost husband who becomes corporial to shag and then encorages his widow to fuck his firend.
    unfortunaly i just couldn’t get past the fact he was a GHOST!

    oh well

  2. the bluest light says:

    There’s an interesting blog on erotic literature from the writing perspective here- http://lustbites.blogspot.com/

    For me, a lot of my discomfort about visual porn, particularly rape porn, doesn’t transfer to written erotic, just because with words you can be certain that you aren’t watching someone be raped.

    But some erotic literature is horribly misogynistic and nasty, in the same way that some porn is. I think that’s fair game for critique, but doesn’t mean it should all be banned.

    Erotic stories based around rape and iffy consent give me the creeps. It’s partly just because that’s not my kink, so the only emotion it stirs in me is the horror and fear related to the idea of being raped.

    But tis complicated. I may blog properly about pron at some point.


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