Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Guess Which Sentence I Almost Used As A Title

The thing about taboos is - sometimes the use of them can make for a wonderful and erotically charged story. I've talked about this many a time before but I'm going to talk about it again because, well, you can't talk about the taboos you can't go near without first getting into the good stuff. Like the idea of oh, our love is soooo taboo because one characters is a Blargon from the planet Remulon and the other character is an Earth Babe, and the two species are at war because I dunno, one wants the other one's supply of oxygen or diet cola or that stuff you find inside the inner workings of a washing machine.
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And then maybe these two mortal enemies (both of them totally hot, obviously, with giant muscles for him and huge honkers for her and maybe one of them's blue-skinned, I dunno, I mean we're going down that 60s Star Trek route anyway so why not?) crash on a planet made of styrofoam somewhere and probably fight a bit. But then over the course of forty minutes they realise that "taboo" actually means "Jezzuz Crist I need to have you now just because I can't" and then Captain Kirk rips his shirt off.
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Or you know, someone sexier than Captain Kirk. Zachary Quinto as Spock rips his shirt off. And then my pen wobbles on the page or my fingers wobble on the keyboard because seriously, seriously there is nothing hotter than setting up something taboo and forbidden only to knock it right down.
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I mean, I can think of one non-alien absolutely real taboo that I find quite repellant, when I really consider it - incest - but in fiction can provoke a strong reaction from me, purely because of that note of the forbidden. Of something been busted down. I like that idea of something been busted down and broken, and I suppose I do because I can't help thinking of all the things that used to be taboo and now aren't.
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Homosexuality was a taboo. Hell - it was fookin' illegal not all that long ago. Women talking or acting on sexual feelings? Also taboo, once upon a time. Even now, slut-shaming happens almost constantly. Women looking at and enjoying the sight of a man's naked body is still considered, in many quarters, as something weird or non-existent. So yeah. I'm quite happy for those taboos to be brought into the light and have them busted apart or at least diseccted.
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I want gay men and women, and heterosexul women, to be able to talk about their sexuality and their desires, openly. I want to read erotic fiction by them. And I don't want them to be afraid, even when it comes to more specific taboos they might want to explore and write about:
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Golden showers, auto-erotic asphyxiation, non-consensual fantasies...all of these are taboo, too, in their own way. They can be tricky and all three of them I don't find the least bit sexy. Though I have read stories that included two of the above that were. Most things can be written about in a sexy and intriguing and taboo-crossing way, without being nasty or horrid. It just depends where the line is. Where a person's personal line is, perhaps.
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For me, no hint of safe words and roleplaying? No sexiness in a non-con story. My brain will just say rape and shutdown, sorry. Too close to actual people dying in BDSM/erotic-asphyxiation type stories? Brain shutdown. Vagina is closed for the night, apologies folks. We're sure the Charlotte Stein Vagina Ride will be up again, tomorrow.
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And then there are the ones that are so much a taboo that they're not even a taboo, really - they're more like something that generally makes people weep in the night and not want to go on living life because life is just too awful. Yeah, I don't want anything to do with those. I don't want anything to do with something that actually really kills someone, or harms a child or an animal in some way.
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I mean seriously: what's sexy about that? At least the other taboos I've talked about usually bring some pretty serious pleasure to people who are absolutely adults. And that's the point, isn't it? If people are consenting, reasonable adults who just want to bring themselves and each other pleasure, who the fuck cares about that tiny little word: taboo?

2 comments:

  1. "Charlotte Stein Vagina Ride"

    An E ticket, no doubt.

    I'm going to put that phrase in my "serious giggles" file.

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