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Facepalm// Mommy Porn? What!!

Facepalm// Mommy Porn? What!!

So, here I was watching the news last week and up pops a comment from the anchor woman saying something about pulling a Mommy Porn book off the shelves of the local libraries....Mommy Porn?

Really?

 

Ah yes, so I wait for it... and the libraries put the book back on the shelves because of well, this is the US and we have laws that don't allow libraries to pick and choose which books we can read...to a point anyway-but that's a different blog.

50 Shades of Grey--no I have not read it.

They (the news anchor--their writer--producers--whoever approved the segment) called it Mommy Porn. Really?

Mommy Porn?

Sigh.....

Even though I have not read the book, I truly believe that just because it is an erotica book does not make it porn. I have read porn and, trust me, the erotica books that I have read are not porn. A little more descriptive than I prefer, but that is my preference. I have read historical romance novels that had no romance per say ---just sex scenes---and even that wasn't close to what I would call porn.

The ignorance of people calling erotica novels porn just makes me ............grrrrrrrrrrr.

What is going on?

When there was a request for less graphic sex scenes in romance novels, we had people calling chaste romances Clean Romance -- which was fine. It didn't really bother me too much although I thought clean was not really a great way of saying that the romance was chaste.

With the growing announcement on national news stations about Mommy Porn --- now it makes clean romance sound as if all other romance novels are dirty. That's just not right.

Now according to these sources, Erotica Romance is porn?

Mommy Porn?

Or an article I was sent........

Women Elevate Smut to a New Literary Status (You can google it -- I'm not promoting the article)

Are we going backwards? Shall we start dressing like Quakers?

Have I read erotica? Yes. Although I prefer historical romance novels, I have read erotica.

These Mommy Porn issues are brought up by people who act as if erotica is a new genre and sex in books and movies is a new thing. LOL, ah yes, because sex does not sell anything on commercials at all, does it?

 

Do we have to go back to the 1960's, 70's, and 80's where women had to hide what books they were reading?

Are we supposed to be ashamed about what books we like to read---hiding them so no one can see we read romance?

 

Fighting to get our books on the shelves because --- in someone's eyes it could be porn? It took years to convince libraries to carry romance books now we are back to fighting for that right.

If people want to read chaste romances, then let them!

 

If they want to read erotica romances then they should be able to read them without sideways glances or embarrassment!

So there you are.... You do not read erotica. Okay, you have that right but now -- they way people are blowing erotica romance books out of proportion.... Perhaps they just might assume that the romance novel in your hand is Mommy Porn.... will there be a need to declare your right to read whatever books you choose? Are you going to have to defend yourself and say “oh no, this is just a regular romance book?”

 

So what happens now?

Just my humble opinion....Pam


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Jim said...

It seems to come down to name calling and selling news. Those who have a sqeaky clean opinion of themselves and would have others do things exactly thier way or suffer the consequences of thier rightous wrath resort to labeling others interests. That way real problems can be ignored. It is not even an attack on true porn, just a control issue made up by a few authors in order to sell thier somewhat sanitized stories as they put down other authors to bump them out of sales. The only true clean romance is two kindergardeners holding hands telling each other what they will be when they grow up while they share thier lunch.

Posted June 5, 2012 09:58 PM | Reply to this comment

Heather said...

Arggh, mommy porn. It seems like if it's an industry mostly by women for women, it has to be belittled. I learned at a young age that I was supposed to be ashamed of reading romance-- kids in my classes in high school would take my book from me and read "good parts" to the class, painfully embarrassing if you're 15 and shy. It took me a long time to stop being ashamed. I haven't read 50 Shades of Grey yet either, but I will at some point, if for no other reason than to see what the fuss is all about!

Posted June 10, 2012 09:21 PM | Reply to this comment

Jean said...

I don't care for erotica novels but I don't think I would categorize it as porn. they are blowing it all out of proportion. I remember my mom hiding the romance books she read. Is that what's going to happen now. People are going to assume its all porn? Reading romance shouldn't be shameful. Honestly, I'm surprised more readers haven't commented about this blog. Their making romance novels dirty.

Posted June 25, 2012 09:13 PM | Reply to this comment

Parker said...

I think the news/media has overdramatized it. Isn't it becoming a movie? Drum up sales and make a big deal about it.

Posted June 29, 2012 07:56 AM | Reply to this comment

Gidget said...

I often wonder if a bit of the controversy is not stirred up and kept simmering by a batch of publicists and advertising people. It would actually make sense were it true. I actually read the entire trilogy. The first book out of curiosity, and the others to see how it turned out. This series was a 3 book romance. The sexual stuff, depending on your point of view, did include bondage and more. Not my cup of tea, but tea comes in different flavors for a reason. These books were a romance between two people, Grey the male lead was a damaged man beginning in early childhood. The female lead was young and exploring, they fell in love, dealt with real life difficulties, worked it out, etc. in short, pretty much the theme of the bulk of romance novels. What you don't hear in all this overblown publicity is that the story (and there is one) is the romance, not the sex. The story does go into why the sexual proclivities were what they were, but the sex was not the point of these books. That was all public controversy and creative publicity. It is a shame that the story was lost in all the BS, but if people could not judge each other and work real hard not to mind their own business, many would not have a hobby at all. While it was a good story, the books were not really well written, a ton of editing issues and several big inconsistencies. That being said, still worth reading, out in public, where you want. In America we get to read what we wish and un theory do not have to answer to anyone, or explain why we choose to read what we read. "Mommy porn"??? Ridiculous terminology.

Posted September 3, 2012 09:19 AM | Reply to this comment

Pam said...

Gidget, I have spoken with several people who have read the books and they pretty much said the same exact things you did. A great PR and great advertising will get you far in this world. I was told once you file through all the hoopla and propaganda, it was a good story.

Posted September 13, 2012 04:42 PM | Reply to this comment

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