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Authors Answer 36 – Writing About Sex

This week we all talk about sex.
I’ve actually always tried to pay attention to how authors write about it for a couple of reasons.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

When reading mainstream novels, it’s quite likely to encounter sex from time to time, from implied sex to very explicit sex. You can see it in a wide range of genres, though not in children’s or young adult literature. But what about writing sex?

Sperm-eggQuestion 36: How do you deal with sex in your writing?

Tracey Lynn Tobin

When it comes to writing sex, I am very careful with how I go about it. First, I consider the nature of the story that I’m writing. In “Nowhere to Hide” I found myself faced with a sex scene and I realized that going too far into it would not be good for the story; I didn’t want to overshadow the zombie apocalypse with needless in-your-face sex. In that case I wanted the scene to be delicate, romantic, and I made it “fade to black” before the scene really got intimate.

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The Purity Myth

I typed this a couple of days ago and just now realized I never actually posted it.

I just read read this a few days ago over at hessianwithteeth.

I am currently reading The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti. I’ll talk more about the actual book in another post. I found this questionnaire at the back of the book. I thought I’d fill it out and share my answers with you. I’d encourage others to do the same, because these questions really do get you thinking about gender assumptions.

Apparently I might be the only one who did, but I wrote answers to all the questions, because they do get me thinking.

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Awesome Music Thursday: Romeo and Cinderella

Hatsune Miku is pretty famous, but in case someone doesn’t know, she’s the most popular vocaloid, basically a human voice synthesizer that’s widely treated as a character. Miku has sung so many different songs that even some of the most popular ones might still be known only to a fraction of her fans. Romeo and Cinderella is one of my favorites out of songs that Miku (solo) is the original singer of.

The lyrics are an intentionally confused mash-up of a bunch of different stories. It’s also one of the “dirtier” Miku songs, and the video is probably NSFW.

(Uploaded by arklung03)

I’m pretty sure the subtitles are more accurate here:

(Uploaded by My Little Miku Corner)

I’m sick of hearing feminists are prudes

There is this weird idea, partly promoted by anti-feminists but also widely believed by a lot of people who probably would call themselves feminists if they didn’t have inaccurate beliefs about the meaning of the word, that feminists are all prudes.

This hasn’t been my experience at all. Even the more specific and not entirely made-up belief that feminists are opposed to pornography is mostly based on a stereotype of an older generation of feminists. In fact, in my experience, “feminist” and “sex-positive” are notably correlated.

Greta Christina thoroughly demolishes the idea that criticizing inappropriate objectification of women means being prudish. She also says “Anyone who thinks that feminists hate sex hasn’t paid much attention to feminism.” Though honestly, the majority of people who criticize feminism from outside for any reason tend to not pay much attention to feminism, so that’s par for the course.

And really, what is wrong with the people who still defend the shirt and think  Matt Taylor is being personally attacked after he himself has decided he was inappropriate and apologized? It’s like Kiran Opal says: Insecure men outraged that smarter man apologizes to women.