Erotica or Porn?

Valerie Douglas

Valerie Douglas is a prolific writer and genre-crosser, much to the delight of her fans. She reads and writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and as V.J. Devereaux, erotic romance. Who knows what will pop up down the road!Happily married, she’s companion to two dogs, three cats and an African clawed frog named Hopper who delights in tormenting the cats from his tank.Valerie Douglas is the co-founder and one of the administrators of the 12,000+ member Indie Author Group – supporting writers around the world. Visit her blog at Valerie Douglas, Author at Large

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  1. Ashley says:

    Interesting article,.I.agreed.with you up till you said there was “seemingly” a backlash against women, and then only disagreed with the modifier. Interesting points about the different responses to rape, as well.

  2. Erotica vs. Porn. All of my books (except the kids’ book about a baby horse) have sex in them. Hopefully, my readers find it pretty hot sex. I recently wrote a book that sort-of qualified a romance, so I joined some FB groups for romance writers. A top romance author said, “Come to my website and read my new novel.” So I did. It wasn’t eroticism, it was perversion; a healthy desire/drive turned to appalling destructive behavior. I recently read an article by another famous romance writer. She said something to the effect of, “Well, if my book is perversion, then I’m a pervert.” Her words had a proud tone. This doesn’t acknowledge reality: Perverts are the guys who locked the women in the cellar. Being a pervert isn’t cool. I don’t feel any ownership or acknowledgment of the damage that real perversion does and how many women and children (and men?) are harmed by it. People who have been sexually abused know that being locked up in a cellar isn’t hot entertainment. Neither is a lot of what’s included in romance or erotica. This stuff hurts and degrades everyone involved. I’d like to see the industry get real about what it’s depicting.