Following the sweeping success of softcore sensation Fifty Shades of Grey, the lamestream media is figuring out that mommies and other normal-seeming ladies like to read about sex—in public. Whoa. What's next? Women having sex for reasons other than reproduction? Hold onto your hats!
The Wall Street Journal investigates the scandalous new trend of women using their e-readers to disguise the tawdry nature of their reading materials, allowing them to indulge in these illicit tales just about anywhere. And they find that ladies everywhere are plunging deep into the bosom of the genre known as "romantica"—sexy romance novels read on electronic devices. These tantalizing tales feature the kind of love stories chicks dug back when we were just plain readers, not e-readers. But now, in addition to the oodles of sex scenes, they have lots of pop culture-type of stuff too. For instance, you might choose to dive into the pages of Flat-Out Sexy, which is Nascar-inspired and, "depicts the torrid attraction between a rookie driver, Elec, and Tamara, the widow of a beloved driver who died in a crash." Sounds like enough to drive any woman cray-zay.
Whether you like your sex scenes all loaded down with romance and HEA (Happily Ever After), which many of these stories have plenty of, or whether you prefer dirty whorish sex with no lurve involved, you can soak it up via your Kindle or iPad free from the judging eyes of your fellow subway riders or soccer practice watchers. As Brenda Knight of erotica publisher Cleis Press said, e-readers "are the ultimate brown paper wrapper."
Women, being the crafty, clever little minxes that we are, figured this out all by ourselves and have been purchasing electronic erotica with increasingly frequent, rhythmic thrusts of our finger onto the "buy now" button. Kelly Gallagher, vice president of Bowker Market Research, reports that nearly 40% of all new romance books purchased are in digital form. (For reference, it's about 20% for most other adult trade genres.) Cleis Press says their digital sales have grown 30 percent since they started in 2008. That's a lot of electronically torn bodices. (source)
While the porn discussed above is of the literary kinds, I read somewhere that something like 40% of those perusing hardcore porn online are female.
Whether you are male or female, how do you feel about the idea that women are digging porn?
If you're into male dominance and female submission, this is probably your type of book.
Let's not lose sight of the fact that it's fiction and FANTASY!
Twilight? – That was the one about a young girl's choice between Necrophilia and Bestiality?
Some people do call me Bella. LOL!!
Belle, 50 shades is not the best example of BDSM erotica (written by an amatuer as a fan fiction about twilight). Try anything by J V Altharos and you will blow your mind. He also does a great podcast called "Ending the Sexual Dark Age" for people looking to expand their horizons. It may be a bit shockingly graphic if you are still in "christian prude mode" but I highly recommend it.
Well, gee, how about a real classic, The Story of O by Pauline Reage. BTW that link allows you to read it online.
Maybe that will help me jump out of Christian prude mode...you never know...lol
I checked it out at the library in my small town while my children were participating in the Summer Reading Program. If I hadn't found it there, two of my soccer mom acquaintances were all about lending it to me. I think you will find it's not that big of a deal. :o)
" I believe it's safe to say that EVERYONE LIKES SEX!!!!"
Not the same as "everyone likes porn". I think women approach sex from a very different perspective.
"I read somewhere that something like 40% of those perusing hardcore porn online are female"
I wouldn't accept that without some pretty convincing evidence. I would guess 5% - or about the same percentage as men who pursue "romantica".
Mike, there's no limit to the kind or porn both sexes appreciate. Some men will settle for upskirt shots of women who are wearing panties while others actively seek very extreme scenes. I'm sure it's much the same for women.
For me, the most interesting and shocking statistic is that women who are in a relationship or are married watch a lot more porn than single/unattached women. Maybe the unattached women are having so much casual sex that they don't feel an urge to masturbate to porn. Very interesting. More info is needed.
The source for the above stats is this article.
Where is the missing 3% of women? Am I missing a small demographic here?
Love it, Matt! Incomplete stats drive me insane too.