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Do You Interact With Erotica The Same Way You Do With Porn?

June 20, 2014 | Fan Friday

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Today’s editorial is courtesy of Adameve.com and their talented writer: Helen Mauritz. Enjoy!

I’ve been thinking a lot about “idle erotic reading,” which, to me, brings up the question: How is our interaction with romantic and erotic works of literature determined by our activity and what we are or aren’t doing while reading the text? For instance, is it more stimulating to read sexy stories while sitting at the kitchen table or riding a train? Do you get more out of erotica by reading it to yourself, silently; or when you’re dramatizing a scene from the book with your partner(s)? Do you masturbate or have sex while reading erotica? Do any of these activities give you a more spiritual connection with the characters or scenes, or do you just internalize the material and use it later?

Think about some of these questions and then compare your relationship with erotic romance books to your relationship to adult movies. Maybe it’s always been like this, but these days, it’s difficult to imagine someone watching an adult movie for any reason outside of physical stimulation. Porn movies are tools that mostly act as surrogate sex partners. If they aren’t satisfying the user in a sensual (and ultimately orgasmic) way, the films aren’t that useful. Erotica, on the other hand has limitless potential. Erotica author Nola Sarina sums it up perfectly in a recent USA Today column entitled, “It’s all in your head: The beauty of written eroticism.” She writes, “I can fully immerse in the experience of the erotic encounter without having to ignore visual factors (or generic movie sets) that do not add to the experience. There’s no distraction in erotic fiction, no conflict of the senses.”

Now, I’m not saying that erotica will ever be as be as popular or economically viable as the porn industry, but it’s gained popularity in plenty of mainstream locations. 50 Shades of Grey’s success will hit the big screen in 2015 while other writers have taken on that series’ tradition. At least, that’s how Adam & Eve(aptly, might I add) describes the work of author Lisa Renee Jones, including her If I Were You novel, which apparently tackles the “dark side of sex “. As we seen erotica popping up in more places, it will open up the possibilities for how erotica can be used to enliven and enhance our interaction with it. In London, erotica book clubs have existed for a couple of years, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw sex clubs pop up based on erotica novels.

Erotica, itself, is anything but idle. It’s a fast-moving vehicle that will make more and more ground as the porn industry becomes more and more regulated. So, now would be a good time for you to get more familiar with the industry and figure out just how you want to interact with it. Sitting in one place and reading a romance novel is fine if you’re in a library or a public space, but in the privacy of your home or someone else’s, explore your own world of sensuality with each turning page.

This is a guest post by Helen Mauritz. In addition to writing and reading about erotica, Helen is passionate about sci-fi films and how they explore sexuality.

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