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Choose Your Own Erotica

A while ago I posted a recommendation for an erotica site called Adventurotica. Now those same authors are doing something neat: they’re crowd-sourcing their newest novel, The Golden Mask, through Indiegogo (along the same lines as a Kickstarter). The really cool thing is that funders can request their own erotic scenes in the novel. Customized sex scenes – why not? I think it’s awesome that consumers can not only fund independently written erotica, but also have a say in how they want it to go. Continue Reading →

Erotica: Recommendations and Ruminations

In my quest to research and read more about all aspects of sexuality–and also find some good, entertaining erotica to read–I’m happy to have found a site called Adventurotica, which features not only erotic fiction but also essays about various sexual topics. While as a scholar I’ll read darn near anything out of curiosity or to analyze its social relevance, as a sex-positive feminist I am deeply concerned with how the fiction I read presents sexuality: is sex something that just happens to women, something that women actively pursue, or what? I’m pleased with how the authors at Adventurotica represent women’s desire (and men’s, too!) as fluid and something to be explored and enjoyed. Ranging from short stories to serialized novels, from vanilla sex to increasingly kinky scenes, the fiction is overall fun, and well-written too (thank goodness, since I can’t get into a story if it’s poorly written!). So while the fiction is neat, I also really dig the analytical essays, for instance, this one on the difference between erotica and porn (hint: it’s more subjective than you think!). Continue Reading →