Romance novels, Porn, and the LDS woman.

17 Jun

A fascinating post just went up over at The Exponent: Romance Novels vs Pornography by Caroline.  As we have recently been talking about Fantasies, (and as one of our commenters writes bodice rippers for a living) I thought I’d share a few excerpts here.   (But you really should go read the whole thing, because Caroline has excellent links to General Authority talks as well as to a survey you can take to assist her in writing a paper on the subject.)

“For some years now, I’ve been fascinated by the fact that in nearly every ward I’ve lived in, there is a group of women who regularly read romance novels. Not the Deseret Books type of romance novel — I’m talking the real thing. The true bodice-rippers….

This fascinated me because Church leaders have been fairly clear about viewing romance novels as a form of pornography….

However, such warnings don’t seem to worry these romance reading Church ladies, who continue swapping their books. I wonder why. Why do they not see these books as dangerous? Do these dire predictions just not apply, in these women’s minds, to the reading of these novels? I’ve been toying with the idea that indeed these predictions do not apply as often to these romance reading women. Let me throw out a couple reasons why perhaps romance novels are not leading to the breakdown of relationships…”

Yes: you’ll have to go read the post to find out what Carolyn’s reasons are.  How is that for a teaser? ;)

What do *you* think? Feel free to comment here, but I’d especially encourage you to comment over at Caroline’s post and take the survey too.

8 Responses to “Romance novels, Porn, and the LDS woman.”

  1. Lucy W June 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    I don’t think I can be convinced that visual porn and romance novels can be equated as to their effects on men and women, respectively. Are romance novels used as stroke material? I don’t know.

  2. Lola June 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Not everyone is is only visually stimulated, so I would say that yes of course romance novels could be used as stroke material. I get turned on when I read about it almost more than if I’m seeing a romantic movie or something similar.

  3. Lucy W June 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    I think perhaps a poll on masturbation is in order…

  4. Eliza R June 18, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    dear sister, i concur.

  5. Rodrick July 12, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    I have read a lot of talk and studies about this. I think that some romance books can be used in a similar way as pornography but others are just interesting to their readers.

  6. David March 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I just recently posted a reply under the article “Your concerns: sexual fantasies.” This should explain a good amount of background on this. Doesn’t anybody find it interesting that the pornography industry is primarily oriented towards men and the romance novel industry primarily oriented towards women? They are the equivalent based on which ares of the brain are providing the stimulation for sexual experience. I’m not saying that men are exclusively aroused by images to the exclusion of explicit text or women vice versa, but these are equivalent tools for their relative sexes. The reasons for this are fairly well understood from a biological standpoint.

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