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Tue, 08/07/2012 - 10:06 -- Phyllis Humby

This is the second article of a three-part series on the changing climate of adult entertainment.

Sex sells!  Traditionally, the provocative pitch was aimed at men.  Not anymore.  One in three people that view pornography are women.  I've dubbed it pornmomgraphy.  Feel free to use that idiom.

Up until now, seventy percent of the women who like porn preferred anonymity.  Thanks to XXX internet sites and discreet downloading of erotic stories to e-readers, their habit remained secret.

The monster success of E. L. Leonard's best selling trilogy−nineteen weeks in top spot− has everyone whipped into a frenzy.  With porn no longer considered taboo, women are sharing their copies of the latest erotica success−along with their own reviews−at work, on busses, on facebook, and from one bathroom stall to another.

Literotica hasn't generated this much heat since Xaviera Hollander's autobiography, The Happy Hooker, hit the bestsellers list in 1972.

The fever is spreading.  Hotels in Seattle and Portland (the story locations for Leonard's books) offer 'Fifty Shades' fantasy weekend getaways.  Aside from the chilled white wine, one of the packages even includes a grey tie.  How do you like that for marketing?

The video industry is also trying to keep up with the demands of the female voyeur.  Women are now directing and producing adult entertainment films.  Why?  Because women are very specific about what they want. (Aren't we always?)  Most importantly, viewers complained that the chicks in skin flicks were really hot, but the men were−not!!  This shortcoming will be eradicated. 

Hollywood is on it!  In the wake of the latest sexual revolution Magic Mike is making the rounds of theatres.  Women of all ages are lining up, money in hand, for a little action.   Most of the movie goers agree that the story line is slim but the gyrating hard bodies on the big screen make it worth the price of admission.  Woohoo!! 

Focusing on the changing trends in the publishing field, I fired up the laptop and googled my way through myriad sites of sexy literature−all in the name of research.  As you know, I was not impressed (nor were most readers) with the literary quality of the Fifty Shades trilogy.  (I admit to reading only the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey.  If the other two books are an improvement, let me know.) 

Aside from the free erotica story sites (deplorably written fantasies), there are professional sites which offer quality stories of an explicit nature.  Most of the writers publish under pseudonyms.  All that could change.  Legitimate publishers devoted to erotica are now recognized by Romance Writers of America.

HarperCollins UK entered the woman's erotica market in a big way with the launch of its new imprint: Mischief.  According to them the demand for women's erotica is positively throbbing. They are looking for inspired and imaginative explorations of explicit sexual fantasies, considered writing, well-developed (?) characters, and interesting stories. 

Calls for submissions of erotica short stories and novels are coming from most every mainstream publisher of online journals, e-books, and international print.  It doesn't take a genius to predict a landslide of pornmomgraphy.  Books of erotica will hit editor and publisher's desks faster than journalists can congregate at a free bar. 

According to an insider, erotica is the best selling of the romance lines and e-publishers are making their fortunes selling sexually explicit love stories with a happy ending.   My source claims that the authors penning titillating tales are giddy with their success. 

Will the smell of success switch authors of whodunit novels to writers of whosdoinit?  Time will tell.

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