Still Life with Paglia by Karl Gregory Jones


In erotica geared toward men, women are typically depicted as lusty, aggressive, and enjoying sex for sex's sake, without emotional attachments or courtship.

In erotica geared toward women--that is romance novels--sex is part of a greater theme of love, where a man is consumed emotionally by passion for the heroine and no one else. For the heroine, sex is not an act of submission but an act of control, as she masters her man's emotional fate.

In other words, erotic materials for both men and women typically present the opposite sex as a caricature of the consumer's own sexuality.

-- William Allman


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