Erotica is just smut

All right, fellow erotica authors and readers: who hasn’t faced this comment when daring to confess you write and/or read erotica?

The “Erotica is porn” variation counts, so you can lower your smartass hand now, thank you.

No one? No one. Thought so.

See, I object. Not because I have anything against smut or porn (more on that later) but because the comment is always made with that derisive tone that implies you might as well be talking about bird droppings. Like it isn’t good enough to be touched with a ten-foot pole and acceptable members of society shouldn’t be caught dead handling it.

There are two arguments to fight the hate here.

Argument One: Erotica isn’t just porn. Repeat with me: Erotica isn’t just porn. While erotica does include explicit scenes of  a sexual nature, often looking to arouse the reader, it is in fact so much more. There’s character psychology involved, and more often than not you’ll also have a plot. It may take center stage or it might be implied through the sexual encounter, but I guarantee most erotica characters have a life in their writer’s mind before and after the fuck you read about.

I could write a hell of a long post defending how erotica is more than porn and how we don’t have to be ashamed of it…

But I won’t.

You know why? Because this time, I want to bring the other argument to your attention:

Argument Two: So what? 

Yes, you read it right. That’s the extent of it. So what if it is smut? That doesn’t make it any less enjoyable, even from a literary point of view. The difference between an amateur porn flick and an incredible sex scene in a movie festival isn’t always the story, but the plane itself: the camera angle, the lights, the music or lack thereof… And it’s exactly the same when it comes to words.

At the end of the day, the difference between an incredibly hot scene (or story) and cheap porn is not the content. You can describe the same acts, with exactly the same level of detail, both equally explicit, and Option A might leave you cold while Option B sets your blood on fire. You can think “Pffft, yeah, sure” or you can feel in the bedroom with the main couple (or character, or group, or whatever) and get all hot and bothered.

Why would this happen?

Because good smut is well written.

Simple as that. And if it’s well written, you better be proud you wrote it. Same thing if you read it–or do you think people are embarrassed for appreciating the harmony and quality of a nude shot at an art gallery?

So come on. Let’s make a statement. Let’s stop being ashamed about erotica, even if it were just smut. I even made a badge for us to share. Dare to leave a comment to support the genre and dare to share this!

Good smut

(By the way, those people who do believe smut is no better than bird droppings? I pity your sex life. No, really. I do.) 

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