I haven’t read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, so I can hardly call myself a fan. That said I am fascinated by its mainstream success. It’s not that erotic fiction hasn’t been successful in the past; just that it used to be read beneath the blankets and behind fake dust-jackets, not openly on public transport and in every workplace tea-room over lunch.
But if society in general and women in particular have become rather at home with the concept of nudity and erotica in fashion, be it in fashion editorial shoots, in ad campaigns or in fashion films, then isn’t it also natural that they’re more comfortable with erotic fiction? Actually it’s probably even safe to say that many girls in the internet age are so comfortable with all out porn that it can only make sense for erotic fiction to seem near mundane in comparison. It may not be a surprise to many, but the internet is filled with young girls gushing openly about their adoration of James Deen – a straight male porn star – in a not-dissimilar way to how teenage girls in the ’50s might have pinned posters of the original Dean to their bedroom walls.
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