Discussion: ‘The Relevance of Sex in Literature in 2016.’

How do you feel about sex in books, do you write it or do you feel that it is best left to the imagination.. Head over and read this very down to earth article by author Lucy Pepperdine on Soooz Burke and voice your opinion.

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Sex in Literature – 2016 or still 1811

If it wasn’t for sex, none of us would be here. It’s as normal a part of life as eating, breathing and sleeping – so why is it that it that some readers turn up their noses and cry ‘Foul!’ when they come across a sex scene in a book? It would seem some sections of society would like to prefer sex didn’t exist at all and because they don’t indulge (for want of a better word) would prefer no-one else did either. Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) the ‘father of genetics’, faced the wrath of his bishops when he conducted his experiments with mice, because the creatures had sex to procreate and the bishops were all (in theory at least) celibate. Mendel had…

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

11 thoughts on “Discussion: ‘The Relevance of Sex in Literature in 2016.’

    • I know what you mean..I am 63 and whilst I acknowledge that sex exists and is a wonderful gift I don’t necessarily need to see or read about in great detail.. I do have an imagination that can add 2+2 and come up with 4 – and at the same time you never read or see those over 40 having sex.. It is wrongly assumed that it is the privilege of the young and because older bodies are deemed unattractive. I do think that programmes that air on TV for a universal audience including the young should not include such graphic sex scenes or violence..Heading over to your post..

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  1. An interesting topic and a cultural one. Coming from the states to the south of France has been an eye opener. There is nothing like a fine wine and vintage is well regarded. Certainly you didn’t think the French spent that entire long lunchtime eating?

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  2. I am 26 and I get sick and tired of seeing and reading about sex everywhere. Sex in every show and movie, sex in media, sex this and sex that. Even in shows where the characters are supposed to be under the age of 18. I don’t think that sex is needed to tell a story. I understand that it is normal but my goodness, can we just get a break? I get if it pops up and isn’t too extremely detailed but such is not the case in most instances.

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    • I agree Kyanna and the excuse that the film production companies use is that the US demands that shows are more raunchy… For me it is lazy script writing and implies that everyone watching the programme has no imagination and needs it graphically explained to them. It has become the norm even for well produced shows as GOT and Outlander. Thanks for commenting.. Sally

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  3. I like it and I want to read more of it! But I want it to feel real and relatable, in in this it will be authentically erotic. Too much focus on idolizing teen bodies (which is creepy), too much of men looking *at* women instead of women getting to do the looking *at* men, too much lack of feeling, or an author’s inhibition at really getting into the breathing body of life, all these can turn us away from good heat scenes. But I don’t want to be turned away from this because it is sometimes portrayed stupidly. I want the real stuff of life in all it’s aching beauty, like the world itself.

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