Anne Rice On Women And Erotica: “The Whole World Knows Women Are Sensual Beings As Well As Men”

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“As a feminist, I’m very much supportive of equal rights for women in all walks of life. And that includes for me the right of every woman to write out her sexual fantasies and to read books filled with sexual fantasies that she enjoys. Men have always enjoyed all kinds of pornography. How can it be wrong for women to have the same right? We’re sexual beings! And fantasy is where we can do the things we can’t do in ordinary life.”

50-Shades-Who-In-The-What-Now?  Pipe down, everyone, Anne Rice is speaking. Read the rest of her quote after the jump:

“A woman has a right to imagine herself carried away by a handsome prince, and to choose for herself as she writes, the color of his hair and eyes, and imagine his silky voice. She has a right to make him as tall as she wants and as strong as he wants. Why not? Men have always allowed themselves such fantasies. …  The whole world knows women are sensual human beings as well as men. It’s no secret anymore that women want to read sexy fiction just as men do, and there’s a new frankness about the varieties of fantasies one might enjoy. So many clichés have been broken and abandoned. And this is a wonderful thing.”

This is from the preface for Beauty’s Release, published last month, the conclusion to her erotica trilogy Sleeping Beauty, in which Rice spits some truth about women, fantasies, sensuality and erotica. Without addressing 50 Shades directly, Rice seems to be saying some variation of “Come on, people. ‘Mommy porn’? Really? Women have sexual fantasies. This is not news.” And I couldn’t agree with her more.  [US Penguin Group]

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