Taboo topics - open your mind

Okay, so be prepared to hear about some things that might make you uncomfortable in this post. Because I am here to talk about the taboo.

Before I do so, I want to pose a question that was posed to me in high school:

Which of the following do you find abhorrent? Which of the following are you able to accept? Or can you accept them at all?

Premise 1: A man and a woman meet and fall in love. Before their wedding date they find out they are actually long lost brother & sister. They go ahead with the wedding, just making sure to not get pregnant.

Premise 2: A boy and a girl grow up together as brother and sister even though they are not biologically related. As they grow, they find they have feelings for one another. Once they leave their parents house, they live together as man and wife.

Ponder that while I type.

For any person on this planet there is something they do not 'like' to hear about or read. For me personally, I don't like to read about war or child abuse.

For others it might be spanking, any kind of sex, gay sex, lesbian sex... and for those that are reading this, you are probably pretty okay with the previous few as hell, we are all a bit kinky, aren't we?


But let's discuss the taboo.

Incest? Zoophilia? Necrophilia? Death?

Should it be denied? Publishers all over the place refuse to accept these taboo topics and I think they are being far too narrow minded. We all have fantasies, fantasies we may or may not indulge in. For many who read, it is an escape. For others it is a way to read what turns them on. For others, it might be the only way to deal with their particular fetish.

Why must the world insist on moralizing? Just because something is or isn't moral to one person does not mean it is or isn't moral to another  Morality is entirely subjective. And your morality has no place on my bookshelf. Nor should it have any place in deciding what can and cannot be published and sold.

And yet, publishers, book sellers and especially payment gateways insist on moralizing what we do and read. Amazon says it will accept "Pseudo-incest". Give me a break. Incest is incest. Other publishers blatantly say they will not accept any incest except for in bdsm play.

That is narrow minded. Just because two people are related does not mean they cannot love one another. I think one of the problems is that incest is too closely tied to the word abuse. They are not synonymous. Also incest is not pedophilia - that is a whole other monster.

How about zoophilia? Before you cringe, stop. Think. Ponder. I grew up on a farm and have seen animals mate. Believe me, they don't hate it. And yet, publishers and retail houses, and of course payment gatways refuse to carry it.

UNLESS SOLD BY A MAJOR PUBLISHING HOUSE

What? Yep. There are books with bestiality and incest stories in them up on Amazon. How did they do it? Nancy Friday has several.

Shall we talk about teenage erotica? Oh there is one to send some people onto their holier-than-thou kick, but guess what? It is out there. It is just called other things. When I was a child I loved books by Judy Blume. Are You There, God, It's Me Margaret was one of my favorite books. I loved her stuff so much that when my mom saw anything with Blume as the author she picked it up for me. One day she brought home Forever. Sex scenes between a teenage girl and her boyfriend - some erotica right there... and yet, it is allowed. Lauded. Accepted.

Yet if someone released a book, called it erotic and said there were teenagers inside, people would throw an ever-living fit. Guess what? News flash. Teenagers have sex. So do pre-teens. And yes, they READ about it as often as possible.

For those of us who write erotic books that contain stories of people being whipped/tortured or even spanked for sexual pleasure, we need to back the taboo field. Remember, just a few years ago our brand of writing wasn't acceptable either. We may not agree with the premise of said book, but we should accept that someone wrote it and that someone wants to read it.

To strike out against the closed-minded morality, I have written some taboo love stories. If I can find a way to release them, they will be released under a different name, but I will still gladly proclaim they are mine.

Now...Once again we visit the premises I postured at the beginning of this post:

Premise 1: A man and a woman meet and fall in love. Before their wedding date they find out they are actually long, lost brother & sister. They go ahead with the wedding, just making sure to not get pregnant.

Premise 2: A boy and a girl grow up together as brother and sister even though they are not biologically related. As they grow, they find they have feelings for one another. Once they leave their parents house, they live together as man and wife.

Two sets of siblings. Again ask yourself: Which of the two do I find abhorrent? Which of the two am I willing to accept.

You do not need to answer that now. Just think about it.

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