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Monday, March 25, 2013

Discussion: The Labeling of Mommy Porn


I have been sitting on this topic for hours. Earlier this morning, Mandi from Smexy Books shared this link with others. I was disgusted and I was upset. This post is going to be brief because I am still a little shocked and upset by all of it. First lets take a look at the video.


Did he really just say that this woman (and a well known author) should be at home knitting? Yes, she is a Grandmother. Yes, she is a mother. Does this mean she shouldn't write hot and sexy books for readers?

So I went online to find the definition of "Mommy Porn" or "Mummy Porn".

noun - Socially acceptable erotic fiction, written for a female readership. www.collinsdictionary.com

There are so many things that are offensive and wrong in these two things combined that I want to share with everyone.  These are my opinions, but I think I am not the only one who feels this way.

1. Since when is sex only appropriate for certain age groups?  Just because you are in your seventies and/or a Grandma doesn't mean your sex fantasies just disappear.

2.  What is so wrong with reading about romance?  When her family states that she writes porn that is a disgrace to the romance genre.  Yes there are smut books out there, but hey we were all brought into this world with that single act of sex. If you have kids, then GASP! you have had your fair share of some romance and hubba-hubba time.

3. Why the "Mommy" in the definition? I was reading romance when I was a teenager and way before I was joining in on the sex.  Why label it? I am sure there are men out there who have also read these types of books.

Another comment on Mandi's post drove it home. And yes it was from a male point of view.  I applaud this man for saying it because it is the truth.

The difference between mommy and daddy porn is the ratio of words vs pictures. The mommy porn has a photo on the cover and words inside. The daddy porn had a title on the cover, and no words inside.

Well, all I can say is this to the labels and the haters of sexual romance in books:

At least we are reading in a world where books have become lost in the digital world of movies and other forms of entertainment.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Mandi said...

Mommy porn makes me so angry. UGH I hate those words!!! I know romance doesn't always get respect but that is just so degrading.

March 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

I have disliked it being called mommy porn..excuse me. I think its media way to sucking up to readers but also offending them too. To think it all started with 50 shades..which I refuse to read .

March 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger ParaJunkee said...

That phrase makes me sick too...people are such asshats. Sorry for the cursing, but since that phrase has been coined I want to throw something at anyone that uses it. I am right there with ya chick.

March 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Stephanie @ Once Upon A Chapter said...

There is a woman at work who stupidly claims to anyone who will listen to her: "I curled up with my mommy porn last night." Every time she says it I just want to strangle her! She doesn't understand what she's doing and I've tried to educate her on this but to no avail.

It is as simple as this: you are a reader period. Nothing less. It doesn't matter what you read. It doesn't matter why you read. Why do we have to belittle what someone else enjoys?

March 25, 2013 at 6:47 PM  
OpenID jhobellkristyl said...

Hello, Amy!

I just want to say that I completely agree with you in regards to this issue. I like your post so much that I featured it on my blog on my Great Post Tuesday. Feel free to check it out: http://bookmavenpicks.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/the-labeling-of-mommy-porn-by-amy-my-overstuffed-bookshelf-great-post-tuesday/

Thank you very much for sharing this intriguing video with us.

Keep on bloggin'
Jhobell Kristyl

April 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM  

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