I want to revisit something that came to my attention regarding THAT book. Now we’ve already covered the book’s quality a few weeks ago, so I’m going tangential (I know, so unlike me.).
I saw an article a couple of weeks ago around ‘mummy porn’ vs ‘daddy porn’ around which I wanted to centre this post, but now I can’t seem to find it. I found another from out west that seems even closer to what I was thinking, but because of that does take a little of my thunder. We’ll sit and wait while you read it. Go.
Done? Good. Finding this article (or the one like it that I now can’t find) happened shortly after I’d seen a mum casually sipping a coffee in a cafe, baby next to her, reading 50 Shades.
I saw an article a few weeks ago (Which again eludes me. This is why I try to write these things as they occur to me.) about how everyone over shares on social media to some extent, although females tend to over share with words and the males tend to over share with photos. Yes they are generalisations, and no it’s not all about dirty stuff, but when someone posts stuff on FB that their better half doesn’t want them to, or is just too much information about something it seems that, by and large, the gents are more visual and the ladies are more literary.
This same generalisation can be (for the sake of this post at least) applied to our respective tastes in adult content, which explains why interweb video ‘adult stuff’ repositories tend to be more often frequented by males and books like 50 Shades and similar are primarily the domain of females (and going by my friends some of the gay guys too, but let’s not spoil a good generalisation).
Having read enough extracts from 50 Shades, along with numerous other books that fall under the ‘romance’ category (I review what’s sent to me regardless), and having at various points witnessed some of the more visual offerings available from magazines and videos* I can say that apart from the form it takes (pictures vs words) the actual content is very similar. From what I’ve seen of 50 Shades, the quality of writing and plot are on about a par too.
Given the visual nature, I understand why it’s not really on for the fellas to thumb through their stuff in public (even if it’s just for the articles) but why is it still such a big deal to many when a man gets busted looking at some adult stuff on the internet in private whilst the mum mentioned earlier and many like her can freely indulge in public with society’s blessing?
Just to finish with something completely unrelated (apart from the name and a couple of racy bits) go check out The Darkest Shade of Grey by Alan Baxter which is a much better written piece of dark fiction which can be yours for the princely sum of bugger all.**
*This is not a blog about my habits in this department, so no assuming.
**I like handing out free plugs. Sue me.