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    Lightbulb 'Mommy porn’ – I don’t buy that

    A famous Seventies advertisement for hairspray features a man watching admiringly as a woman with swinging hair and an enigmatic smile walks past. It bore the tag line: ''Is she or isn’t she?”

    If the hype is to be believed, we may soon be wondering the same about the enigmatically smiling female readers of Fifty Shades of Grey, an erotic novel by E L James that is, apparently, resurrecting dormant sexual desires in American women.

    Grey has topped the New York Times bestseller list and the planned trilogy has garnered the English-born author a seven-figure publishing contract. The film rights went for a reputed $5 million last week, ahead of publication here next month. Not bad for something that started as a piece of fan-fiction published free online.

    The novel follows the sexually charged relationship between a student, Anastasia Steele, and a “dashing but damaged” young entrepreneur, Christian Grey and centres on their BDSM (bondage domination, submission and masochism) activities. It is bracingly euphemism-free – few “tidal waves” or “manhood's” here. Chat rooms are alive with discussions about what is being described as ''mommy porn’’ or “the pornography that it is acceptable to be seen reading”.

    The feminist website Jezebel notes that its astonishing 16,000 reader reviews on Good reads are split between those who see it as “a flawless rendering of the internal, psychological struggles of a novice submissive in a BDSM relationship” and those who dismiss it as “poorly written” and “utterly ridiculous.” It is certainly unintentionally funny. Will I ever read a less erotic sentence than: “My medulla oblongata has neglected to fire any synapses to make me breathe”?

    The prospect of harnessing, and igniting, female sexual desire has long prompted feverish responses – and many disappointed business ventures (Playgirl or The Erotic Review anyone? Female Viagra?). But as the growth in popularity of the e-reader allows women to read literary porn in secret – Mills & Boon is now publishing more risque novels digitally than in print – the idea of a nation of women secretly being turned on to some light bondage is more fun than discussions about quantitative easing. The truth is, however, that Grey is far from radical. So when publishing executives state with breathless certainty that this is “the future of female erotica”, this particular female replies, just as breathlessly, oh really?

    Women have always enjoyed material far more challenging than this. Ask any woman (possibly not in polite company), and she’ll be able to reel off the literary genesis of her erotic awakenings. From a set text encounter with Cider with Rosie, interspersed with some recreational reading of Jilly Cooper’s early oeuvre – the Imogens and Octavias and Emilys – we graduated, in the 1980s, as Jilly did, to the rather sweatier Riders and Rivals, to Rupert Campbell-Black of the sneering lip and horseman’s thighs. And if Rupert didn’t do it for you, then Ralph de Bricassart in The Thorn Birds, a priest, whose vows of celibacy disintegrate around luscious young Meggie Cleary, probably did.

    more @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/b...-buy-that.html
    Last edited by Janice Valencia Capulso; 4th April 2012 at 18:19.

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