Sharazade, Tomorrow, March 20, The Erotic Literary Salon-Live in Philadelphia

Sharazade to arrive this evening from the west coast, we shall be discussing details for tomorrow’s Salon. She will not only be reading some of her writings, but leading a discussion on plagiarism and also on the highly publicized book, “50 Shades of Gray,” by EL James.

Please do not miss this event. The reading list is filling up for April, please sign up early.

Madonna – Erotica on youtube, Erotic Novels Sales Booming, Zane’s Writing Advice

Madonna’s view on submission, a very common theme in personal fantasies and erotic writings. Warning, probably would be considered a XXX rated video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyhdvRWEWRw

The WSJ article below mentions only women reading these books. I’m curious how many men are hiding behind electronic erotica?

Wall Street Journal

Books Women Read When No One Can See the Cover

by Katherine Rosman

If that woman next to you on the train seems unusually engrossed in her e-reader, there may be a good reason.

Electronic readers, and the reading privacy they provide, are fueling a boom in sales of sexy romance novels, or “romantica,” as the genre is called in the book industry.

As with romance novels, romantica features an old-fashioned love story and pop-culture references like those found in “chick lit.” Plus, there is sex—a lot of it. Yet unlike traditional erotica, romantica always includes what’s known as “HEA”—”happily ever after.”

Kindles, iPads and Nooks “are the ultimate brown paper wrapper,” says Brenda Knight, associate publisher at Cleis Press, of Berkeley, Calif., a publisher of erotica since 1980.

Mainstream publishers are launching digital-only erotic labels to feed demand. At the end of the month, HarperCollins UK will launch Mischief Books, with the tag line “private pleasures with a hand-held device.”

To read the entire article, link to: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304450004577279622389208292.html?mod=WSJ_GoogleNews

Like to read? Event fills need

Twenty-four authors are scheduled to appear Saturday at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. by Charles Runnells

(Erotic Author Zane offers advice on writing erotica.)

Make sure sex isn’t the only thing you’re writing about. Zane doesn’t consider herself an erotic novelist. She’s a novelist, she says, and she’s taken on some big issues in her work. “My books have dealt with everything from homelessness to teenage pregnancy.There’s more there than just sex.”

There’s also more to this article:

http://www.news-press.com/article/20120316/ENT/303160008/1080/COLUMNISTS37/Like-read-Event-fills-need?odyssey=nav|head

 

 

 

Rick Santorum’s War on Porn, Video – Bible Belt Loves Porn

Rick Santorum declares war on pornography: I will ban hardcore porn if I’m elected President

He wants a crackdown on the distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, in addition to material on cable/satellite TV, hotel/motel TV, retail shops and through the mail

NY Daily News By Aliyah Shahid

Rick Santorum is declaring a war… on porn.

The Republican presidential candidate and staunch social conservative wants to ban hard-core pornography. He calls it “toxic to marriages and relationships” in a new statement posted on his official website.

“America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography,” the former Pennsylvania senator writes. “It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.”

He demands a crackdown on the distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, in addition to material on cable/satellite TV, hotel/motel TV, retail shops and through the mail.

What qualifies as “hardcore” remains unclear.

Is porn (both gay and straight) more popular in the ‘Bible Belt’ red states of America (Utah, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, North Dakota, and West Virginia)? Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur break it down on The Young Turks, with a mention of 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s war on pornography. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgs5A3tHMyc

Dhuran Ravi Convicted of Hate Crime, SAR Program

Dharun Ravi is a former Rutgers student who used a webcam hidden in his Rutgers University dormitory room to spy on his roommate kissing another man in their dorm room. The roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010, after discovering that Mr. Ravi had secretly streamed his romantic interlude over the Internet.

The case became a symbol of the struggles facing gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers and the problem of cyberbullying in an era when laws governing hate crimes have not kept up with evolving technology.

On March 16, 2012, after a trial in Middlesex Count  Superior Court, Mr. Ravi was convicted of bias intimidation as a hate crime. The jury also found him guilty of tampering with evidence and witnesses for trying to change Twitter and text messages in which he had encouraged others to watch the webcam.

He was not charged with contributing to the suicide of Mr. Clementi.

The rest of this article can be accessed at:

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/r/dharun_ravi/index.html?inline=nyt-per

The question for me remains, how was ‘contributing’ defined in this case. I can’t imagine if this incident didn’t occur, that Tyler Clementi would have ended his life.

During my graduate studies it was mandatory that I participate in a S.A.R. (Sexual Attitude Reassessment) program.

Planned Parenthood offers this progam. I believe if this workshop were offered in every school, our sexual hate crimes, and other sexual offenses would dwindle significantly.

SAR gives you the opportunity to explore your own attitudes, values and beliefs about sexual behavior in a safe, comfortable and nonjudgmental environment.

The SAR uses emotionally evocative and sexually explicit films and presentations to explore personal attitudes and values.  Participants share their feelings and reactions in supportive small group sessions.  The SAR is designed to promote open, honest self-awareness for anyone who deals with sexuality issues at work.  Topics include: body image; aging; disability; sexual orientation; masturbation; language; myths; and stereotypes.  After SAR, you’ll be more comfortable and competent working with any population on sexual behavior.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

  • See and study their own reactions.  Recognize the way they respond to content and see how other’s develop sexual attitudes and values.
  • Understand sexual diversity.  See the complexity of human sexuality and examine the diversity of human sexual expression and experience.
  • Learn how to communicate about sexuality.  Examine issues involved in effective communication.
  • Learn to view sexuality more objectively.  Understand the impact sexual attitudes have on personal relationships and on providing educational, health and social services.