Normally, when I do a blog entry, I have a specific purpose in mind. Maybe I'm letting prospective readers know about progress on a new book. Perhaps it's to comment on a particular bit of feedback I got. I know I've yelled numerous times at people who leave anonymous comments that I wish I could respond to.
But this blog entry isn't going to be like that. This one is to do what I usually only do in my books. And that is to wax philosophical about something.
It is, actually, the result of some feedback I got on one of my books, called Flossie's Revenge. I won't say all that much about that, though, except to tell you that it is one of my darker books, or at least has some of the darkest scenes I've ever written in it. If you've read it, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't ... and you're not a racist ... then you might benefit from it, because it has some history in it they don't bandy about willy nilly in text books.
I don't usually claim you can "benefit" from reading one of my books. I am under no illusion that what I write would be considered "literature" by those who make their living in that world. They're never going to teach a course in college about how to write erotica and use anything I wrote in the syllabus.
But Flossie's Revenge is different than everything else, by virtue of the fact that it is, in a very real sense, autobiographical. That's probably not the right word, because I didn't live what happens in the book. But I did live during the era where those things happened. I was raised in a time when segregation was the law of the land, and the word "racist" was, in some sections of society, worn as a badge of honor. So I actually knew something of what that world could be like, and the book benefits from that.
Okay, enough about Flossie's Revenge, and on to the question that the reader asked me in his (or her) feedback.
Why is it that the overwhelming majority of erotica that this person has seen at SOL (and he claims to have seen a lot) is about Caucasian protagonists and there are no Negroes (his word) represented?
This, in my mind, translated to: Why is it that African American, Latino, and Asian authors don't write erotica?
Now, the second thing I thought of was something else. For that, I'll copy and paste what I sent back this reader.
Thanks, Bob. (The name he used really was Bob. I have lots of readers named Bob. What can I say? It's a popular name.) I never thought about it, but you're right.
Unless you think about the wimp husband stories, half of which involve a big black guy with a big, black penis, which always gets securely plugged into a white, married woman. Or maybe the woman's virgin daughter.
Isn't it fascinating that the only thing (kind of erotica) white men (or women) will write about that involves black people is about those black people taking what they want from the white man?
Do you believe in racial guilt? <g>
Now you have me thinking. Maybe I should write something in which Bob is black. The only trouble with that is that it would be like me writing as a woman. Since I'm not, I can only take a stab at what it's like to live life as a woman (or black person.)
Granted, my first college roommate was black, but he was from a rich family, more of a Fresh Prince of Bel Air kind of guy. So all I'd be doing is writing about a white guy, but painting him black. That wouldn't really serve either the reader, or the cause of getting rid of racism.
The real question is: Why aren't there more black authors? At least black authors who don't write white wimp husband stories. If you surf around at Literotica you can find authors who say they are black, but all they write about are stories in which the black man takes over and anyone who is white is made virtually a slave. There's that racial guilt thing again, only in reverse.
There's a PhD thesis in this subject. Somebody should research who authors of erotica are, what their social status is and what the racial demographics are of both authors and readers.
But then that would mean that we all came out in the open, both authors and readers.
And I don't think either of us are quite ready for that yet. <G>
Thanks for making me think. There might be a blog entry in this too.
As you have already figured out, there was, in fact, a blog entry that resulted from that short conversation.
I thought of all sorts of things.
1. Black people don't read erotica.
But that's racist.
2. Black people can't write erotica.
But that's even more racist.
3. There's no market for erotica in which the protagonist is anything but white.
Sorry. Racist. And just plain stupid.
Here are the stats from Wikipedia about the breakdown in America:
Caucasian 223,553,265 72.4%
African Americans 38,929,319 12.6 %
Hispanic or Latino 50,477,594 16.4 %
Asian American 14,674,252 4.8 %
Some other race 19,107,368 6.2 %
There were 19 other entries, some of which are fascinating, but all of them were below 6.2% in terms of "race" so I stopped there. If you want to see the whole list, here's the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_United_States#Race_and_ethnicity (Number 5 in the contents list)
I thought it was hilarious that the list they have totals up to a population of 308,745,538, when in the first line of the article they list that figure as 320,274,540.
But that's not important. What's important is that there is plenty of population in the U.S. to support some stories where the star of the book isn't a Cracker. Sorry. That's racist too.
And we're not even including the rest of the world.
Of course, I hear some of you saying, "Well duh. Hollywood has the same problem."
But Hollywood operates on money. SOL does not. Sorry, Laz. I know that's not true, and that you pour your own treasure, blood, sweat and tears into the site. But you don't pay your authors and the fact is, anybody can submit a story. Even African Americans, Hispanic or Latino, Asian Americans or "some other race."
And we're not even including the rest of the world.
So why don't they?
And if they are, why don't they write about their own race?
And if they are, why don't they write about it in some positive way, rather than requiring that the white man must suffer for anybody else to flourish?
There are 38 million black people in America. Are you trying to tell me none of them write decent erotica?!
So where is it?
Are authors self censoring, thinking that, if anybody knows they aren't white, nobody will take their erotica seriously?
That's stupid. And racist, I might add.
Now I've asked a lot of questions in this blog entry. That's because I have no answers. I don't know why everybody in the books and stories at SOL are white.
And I'm already anticipating getting angry mail from people who will tell me all about the book or story they read (at SOL) that proves I'm wrong in this assertion, and that Bob just hasn't read enough.
Send it to me. And I'll add a list to the bottom of this entry. I'd love to know that there are authors out there who write about black life, or Hispanic life or Asian life. I've seen tons of sexy looking black, brown and yellow (don't hate me - it's in the song) women out there who I've had more than one fantasy about having hot, sweaty sex with. And I'd love to read about that too.
And, in the meantime, if you know any people of a persuasion other than Caucasoid, ask them if they read erotica, and if that erotica is about people who look like them, and where to find said erotica. Assuming I'm not deluged, I'll put that in here too. Laz won't mind the competition. Especially if you donate five or twenty bucks toward the cause ... which you should do. The amount of reading you do is well worth that much, and if every reader donated like that, he could do even more amazing things.
Maybe people who aren't white just aren't interested in reading erotica. Maybe all those big black guys with big black dicks are too busy screwing happy white wives to give any thought to reading anything at all.
I know. That's racist. But, in the world of philosophy, it's a perfectly valid hypothesis.
Maybe the point is that people who read erotica are people who cannot explore their passion, for one reason or another in real physical relationships, and they seek out erotica as an outlet for that passion. Maybe most people really are so involved in having real sex that they don't need to read about it.
Am I making you uncomfortable here? If so, good. That's one of the things philosophy is about.
By the way, I don't really believe that last assertion. People are very busy living real life, but tons and tons of them go to movies and watch imaginary lives all the time. We humans like to see what other people's lives are like. We're just natural voyeurs.
It would be nice to actually have some answers. So, in closing, let me suggest that, if you know any bright, young doctoral candidates in the field of the social sciences, and they are despairing as to what to write their thesis about, this would be a bang up topic. It would be tough, but if they could pull off something with some credibility, it could make them famous.
As a minimum, if they could answer some of these questions, they could write their own ticket in Hollywood.
Thanks for reading.