My mom never read erotica (that I know of) when I was growing up, but on a recent trip home I spotted a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey in the back seat of her car.
“Mom, I can’t believe you’re reading that!” I screamed.
“I just read it for the sex,” she said, matter-of-factly.
Twilight fanfiction/S&M erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has struck a nerve not just with my mom but, with millions of woman around the world. The Fifty Shades phenomena has led to endless articles about women’s sex lives and how men should buy things that go thwack in sex shops. Apparently even Oprah likes to read the series in the bathtub? (I don’t need to know.)
But what if it wasn’t Fifty Shades that everyone in the world was obsessed with? What if it was another inteeerestiiiing erotic novel? There are a lot of wonderfully strange reads available on Amazon. Click through to see how life would be different if one of these other titles took the world by storm…
Rachel Rabbit White is a journalist and blogger who lives in New York City and writes about sex and gender. She hates the brag-y part of bios, but feels equally unsure about the quirky part where she tells you she loves lip-syncing alone in her apartment and avocado and sea salt on toast. Also, Twitter.