My feminist porn

fingers & tongues

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Touched by words

Do you read erotica? Or would you like to know why a feminist would write porn?

If you read erotica, do you find yourself flipping forward to the sex bits? If so, my new book “fingers & tongues” is for you.

I’m going to be very honest with you. When I’m by myself, I use porn and erotica to help get myself off.

Dissatisfied with what I found online and in books, I ended up writing my own sexual fantasies as short stories. I posted them to an online erotica forum with 250,000 subscribers. I received high ratings and rave reviews from both men and women.

I think my stories are unique because I’m pretty unique. I want to immortalise my stories in a beautiful book. I will use crowdfunding to do so.

This is my story.

UPDATE: My Kickstarter campaign was successful. You can now buy fingers & tongues as a paperback or e-book.

Paperback cover

Feminists need erotica too

I’m a smart, feminist professional woman. I can’t believe that I’m the only one who, not only masturbates, but who needs some help getting there when they’re by themselves.

(Wait, if you’re a guy, keep on reading. This book is for you, too.)

I’m not into photos, there’s too much story to imagine in to make it worthwhile. I own porn videos but it’s a huge palaver to operate a remote when the other hand is occupied.

Let’s be clear. Yes, pornography is designed to get you off. But porn is usually created by men for a male audience. In most porn, the emphasis is on MEN receiving sexual gratification.

The set-up can be laughable, the dialogue simple-minded, the women submissive but, more importantly, the women are used as a mere collection of orifices. They don’t look as if they’re having any fun. Yuck. I don’t want to see that at all.

So I use written material. And I know that millions of others do too because there are thousands and thousands of men and women writing erotica to post online or to publish as e-books; even “Fifty Shades of Grey” started off life as Twilight fan-fiction in an online forum.

Good vs. bad erotica

Because I am an intelligent, professional feminist, not ANY written material will do. Good writing is essential to me.

Bad writing in erotica is worse than no erotica at all. Bad writing kills the mood; it could be a cheesy choice of words, a change in pace with dialogue or something as small as a missing comma. Or the story itself can be a distraction because of an demeaning female role.

As a woman and a feminist, it annoys me that the idea that women not only enjoy sex, but can initiate sex or be powerful in sex is still seen as embarrassing. Surely it’s a win-win if everyone involved receives pleasure in equal measure.

Erotica as a tool

Because I use erotica as a tool, I don’t read erotica for character development, pages of dialogue or a solid story. I respect that kind of erotica – it’s a true literary form – but it’s just not for me.

I couldn’t find enough of the kind of erotica that I wanted to read. So I wrote my own; I figured that there were other people who also wanted their erotica well-written, stories that are extremely explicit and could stand up to multiple readings but which ultimately served as a tool.

As a tool, erotica needs to be intelligent, surprising and believable. I need to see the woman’s pleasure. I know that there’s a thrill in giving pleasure, in teasing and holding off, of the pure delight in seeing your partner in ecstasy knowing that you were the one that made it happen. That’s what happens in my stories: once the sex starts, it continues at a consistent pace, with no pauses for dialogue – the pages are stuffed with very explicit descriptions.

My stories describe sexual encounters between men and women in different combinations but they all have in common a) the woman’s pleasure and b) the delight in GIVING pleasure.

If you need a book like that, a book that you can return to and enjoy over and over, if you want a book that is small and light enough to fit in your hand, and one so beautiful to look at that you want to pick it up, then “fingers & tongues” is for you.

The books

Because there’s a story behind the stories – of why and when I wrote them – I’ll be producing two books:

  1. A small, pocket paperback with seven short stories
  2. An A5 book with the stories, unfinished stories, a true story and background notes

Writer of erotica

I  wrote sex stories 20 years ago over a two-year period for the Usenet group rec.arts.erotica.

Usenet was where people hung out before the web browser was invented. By 1994, there were already 30 million people actively reading thousands of groups on Usenet. We were from universities and computing companies. Besides Usenet, we corresponded in e-mail, chatted online in IRC and played multi-user games in MUDs.

rec.arts.erotica was a moderated group with 250,000 subscribers, mostly guys in those days. I posted my short stories there for two years and received the most amazing feedback from both men and women.

Fantasies vs. reality

I was really surprised at what I ended up writing about. It turns out that I’m bi-curious. I realised that there were things that excited me only as fantasy; I had no interest in acting them out. But that’s okay; isn’t the freedom of fantasy the point of exploring one’s own sexuality?

The stories based on my fantasies include group sex (The Cinema, Old Friends), very mild domination (The Cinema), lesbian sex (The Train, Reaching for the Moon, The Dream) and some anal play (Reaching for the Moon). They’re otherwise vanilla and consensual.

Good writing

I tried to improve my writing skills with each story and so I set myself some writing challenges.

For example, in one story, I challenged myself to start sentences with anything other than “he” or “she” (The Chair). I found writing dialogue really hard and so I challenged myself to write a story entirely as dialogue. The resulting story reads like a radio play (Old Friends).

Hear a sample

In the video below, I read the beginnings of two stories.

Read a sample

WARNING: VERY EXPLICIT SEXUAL CONTENT. 18+ ADULTS ONLY.

For an example of my work, you can read the original version of Reaching for the Moon.

The extras

The second book will additionally include some unfinished and incomplete stories: five beginnings and a sex scene.

I have two unfinished story beginnings and one matching sex scene because I had wanted to make a point about how female characters were often insultingly portrayed in sex stories written by men (and even by some women).

I wanted to show how ridiculous a young man would look if he was described the same way a young inexperienced woman would be in a story with an older experienced man who decides to take her in hand.

I decided to write a steamy story featuring an older experienced person with a younger person of the opposite sex. The plan was to then create a second version of the story by switching the male-female roles. I hoped to demonstrate how cringe-making it is to read an inexperienced submissive character of one’s own gender in sex stories that aren’t even categorised as BDSM.

I wrote the sex scene of an older man with an inexperienced young woman. However, I found it impossible to write sex that could be easily switched male/female and so I abandoned the stories. However, I later adapted one of the beginnings for “The Dream” to introduce its main female character.

The second book will also include a true story (Innocence) that’s never been made public before.

I’ve collated the original story information, such as the posting date, rating and review.

Finally, I’ll be including highlights from the feedback people mailed me at the time. The feedback was extraordinary and was the main reason I continued to write erotica.

There will be two versions of this bigger book: a paperback and a signed, limited edition hardcover exclusive to the crowdfunding campaign.

Hardcover

The costs

I need to raise funds to get “fingers & tongues” properly edited by someone else; I want to make sure that the flow is perfect and that there are really no distractions.

I also want to make some changes as a result of the reviews I got 20 years ago. The remaining costs are for set-up and book printing.

Book coverIf I exceed my goal, I will hire a professional designer. If not, I will design the book myself. I’ve done it before. I designed a book in 2002 that continues to sell.

I’ve obtained quotes from the printer I used for my first self-published book. CPI is the largest book printer in the UK.

I have quotes for different quantities at different qualities, depending on how much money this campaign raises. Money raised over the initial target will go into a heavier paper stock and special effects for the hardcover such as an embossed cover and coloured paper edges.

Nearly there

This is the first of several crowdfunding campaigns I have planned. I wanted to start with “fingers & tongues” because the material is 80% there and I’m really proud of my stories. I haven’t found anything else like them online. They still turn me on. That’s how I know that they’re good.

£1 is good enough

I appreciate that “fingers & tongues” won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. You might like the idea of a book of feminist porn but won’t want to own or read some. If that’s the case, please back my campaign at the minimum level of £1 and receive my sincere thanks. It would give me a huge thrill to know that you believe in this project even if you don’t want to read my sexual fantasies!

If you do back my crowdfunding project, you’ll only be charged if my minimum funding goal is reached. The minimum covers editing, the minimum of design and the printing of 150 books.

Campaign

I worked on my campaign page for two weeks but wasn’t happy with it. That’s why I wrote this essay.

It’s since been vastly improved and went live on 30 April 2014.

See my campaign on Kickstarter.

Buy my book

My Kickstarter campaign was successful! You can now buy fingers & tongues as a paperback or e-book.

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