Recently, I followed an interesting discussion centering around the words erotic romance authors use for genitalia, specifically words used for female anatomy. It appears people have very different opinions on what is most appropriate, based on wildly divergent impressions of a word's connotations. One term is sexy to one person while insulting to another.
Take, for instance, the word "pussy". There were some who found that word humorous, not sexy. Others felt it was perfectly suitable for erotic romance.
Another example: "cunt" This word was more often seen as an insulting term than a sexy one. Others felt is was the most suitable word to use.
It's interesting to see that even in the age of international communications--the internet and television,--that people still absorb and internalize such different views of words and their meanings.
And then there's the question of variety. Some authors felt there was no need to use different words for the same body part, since so many others were only named by one word--eye, for instance. Arm. Leg. One person voiced the opinion that the repetition of a single term as "lazy" on the author's part, since there were so many other choices available.
What's my take on this whole thing?
1. Using the same term for a woman's bits does not indicate laziness on an author's part. Puhleez.
2. "Cunt" is a insult hurled at a woman (usually by a man), most often meant to belittle and strip away her humanity. I can't use it in a sensual way.
3. "Pussy" is not a silly word. It's my word of choice. It's sexy and semi-sweet at the same time.
What words have you read or written in an erotic romance? Were there words that made you uncomfortable? Or made you laugh when they shouldn't have?
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