Goal: I want to write so well you forget it is erotica. But then a second later you remember because of your boner.
"oh my god stop criticizing young girls who like 50 Shades of Gray or Twilight you can’t tell them what they can and can’t read"
no we can’t but we have to protect young girls from mistaking abusive behavior for genuine affection at all costs
So the whole FIFTY SHADES MUST BE STOPPED thing got me thinking about the stuff people used to read before they got into BDSM and well…it’s not really much better.
Off the top of my head:
The Gor novels (which spawned entire subcultures and a huge chunk of the BDSM “Old Guard”)
Anias Nin (Her diaries were actually MY intro into the world of wild sex but she was hugely neurotic and admits in her diaries that she feels a deep need to travel but is kept back by the fact that she can’t read a time table???)
HENRY MILLER and all his wankery boasting about how he fucks other men’s wives
THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR series where an experienced older man is delegated to deflower virgins so they experience sex properly the first time???
and tons and tons and tons of bodice rippers with plots hinging on the fact that the main dude is gloomy and borderline abusive or an “exotic” black guy
Basically I used to be like “OH GOD THE FIFTY SHADES PEOPLE WILL FLOOD THE BDSM SCENE WITH THEIR UNSAFE PRACTICES” and now I’m like “It’ll be okay, guys. We’ll get through this. It has happened before.”
As of today, you can now buy Gummy Bears in the UK. As well as in 20+ other countries, according to Amazon.
Thanks to Foxglove, who pointed out the (accidental) oversight of limiting it to the US!