Sunday, July 8, 2012

5 lewd books in our libraries

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion."
- Democritus

lewd adj \ˈlüd\ Definition of LEWD 1 obsolete : evil, wicked 2 a : sexually unchaste or licentious 2 b : obscene, vulgar

Apparently we are purveyors of lewd novels *quizzical look* Or one lewd novel in particular. And here I thought we were a library. Seriously, just when I think the whole mainstream media storm in a teacup that is Fifty Shades of Grey couldn't possibly get any stranger, it does. Just to spite me, I'm sure. A couple of weeks ago I read an online NZ Herald article that called Fifty Shades of Grey 'lewd.' I was a tad bit surprised because it's quite tame in comparison to a lot of other erotic novels we hold. (I'm assuming mainstream media have never heard of Lora Leigh and other erotic romance writers like her?) Do I consider these books listed below to be lewd? No. I don't. Others would, perhaps. And I suppose that for as long as we have differences of opinion about what constitutes 'literature' or 'art' or 'good reading,' it's always going to be like that. Some part of me hopes that the 'lewd' label doesn't stick. In my mind it's as dismissive a term as 'mummy porn.' And you know my opinion on 'mummy porn.' No judgement there, right? Wrong. Mainstream media are totally judging your reading interests and sexual proclivities. It's no wonder fanfic writers and readers - and romance readers, for that matter, too - are leery of mainstream media. I was a bit Ragey McRagerson for a while, there, and then a colleague pointed out the quote above and I settled down. Everything else in the world is opinion. Now, though, I wonder what else we have in our libraries that might fall under the heading of 'lewd,' so I've rounded up 5 titles that contain people doing things/talking about doing things of an adult nature, and probably, enjoying it, too. How very dare they! Et voilà: 5 lewd books in our libraries.

Sexiest soles : erotic stories about feet and shoes / edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel & Christopher Pierce
Delight in that delicious touch of steely stilettos... delicate arches... black motorcycle boots... sweaty size twelves. Whether it's the gentle massage of a foot rub, the suckling of tempting toes, or a very private pedicure, this naughty collection of fetish erotica has no trouble putting its best foot forward.

Carnal machines : Steampunk erotica / edited by D. L. King
The Victorians wrote some of the best and most enduring erotica. For such a tightly-laced age, people spent a lot of time thinking about things carnal. Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, et al enthralled us with their visions of new possibilities. The rich and slightly decadent visuals of the steam age lend themselves perfectly to the new carnality of post-punk era...

My secret garden : women's sexual fantasies / Nancy Friday
Safe behind the walls of anonymity, hundreds of real women responded to Nancy Friday's call for details of their own most private fantasies. My Secret Garden is the daring compilation of those fantasies. When it first appeared, it created a storm of outrage in the media... and an equal sense of exhilaration for those women who finally were able to share their sisters' most intimate thoughts. Even now, in a new millennium, over ten thousand women each year buy a new copy of this astounding classic of feminist literature.

Vox / Nicholson Baker
Vox is the story of two voices, his and hers: two strangers who, having met on a telephone chat-line, switch to a private, one-on-one connection - and find it impossible to hang up. Literate, contemporary, erotic, Vox is a classic of bedtime reading.

Bedtime stories : a collection of erotic fairy tales / Jean Johnson
The frog prince -- The courtship of Wali Daad -- The princess on the glass hill -- Snow White and the seven dwarves -- Sleeping Beauty -- Beauty and the beast -- Puss-in-Boots -- The king who heard a joke.520 All-new! Fairy tales retold with an erotic edge, by the national bestselling author of the Sons of Destiny series. Jean Johnson sneaks between the covers of such classic fairy tales as Beauty and the Beast, Puss n' Boots , and Sleeping Beauty , and refashions them into bedtime stories for adults only.

1 comment:

Madhamster said...

My mother is shocked, horrified and embarrased by what I read... when it is all her fault to start with. First it's Barbara Cartland, then Georgette Heyer. Next thing you know, it's Jackie Collins. And that was before I turned 15.
Now, there's very little to upset me in 'lewdness'...
Poorly little drivel which is sex with a teeny-tiny plot thrown up will always upset me.
I want good plot and character development, with steamy sex added. Pretty please.
So, you can keep your 50 shades thanks. I'll read well-written lewdness.