Archive for January, 2006

Anne Rice and her erotic works.

January 25, 2006

I’m sure most of us have heard of the author Anne Rice who’s probably more known for her “The Vampire Chronicles” collection which includes “Interview With The Vampire” and “The Vampire Lestat.” But did you also know that Rice produced erotic works under the pen names “Anne Rampling” and “A.N. Roquelaure?” Well, I didn’t til I came across “The Beauty Series” in the UB Bookstore. The trilogy consists of the following titles:

  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
  • Beauty’s Punishment (1984)
  • Beauty’s Release (1985)

And of course the books caused some amount of stir in which I shall direct you to further read on in this article.

“Rice said that she’s proud to call the Beauty books pornography; That the books are about fantasies filled with satin, silk and perfume. They are for people to enjoy fantasies that thousands and thousands of others share.”

On another note, to write about “Sleeping Beauty” in such a manner is so…errmm, I can’t even begin to describe it. I mean “Sleeping Beauty” was one of the fairytales my mom told my kid sister. And now whenever “Sleeping Beauty” gets mentioned, my mind paints a whole new different picture.

There can never be enough porn, can there?

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Comment on EBT’s “Polite Porno?” post.

January 25, 2006

After reading EBT’s post on Polite Porno?, it reminded me of those high school days where lots of the girls were reading romance novels. I’m not talking about those “Sweet Valley High” series which were so popular then. Perhaps they still are now. Let me put up a picture so you’ll get a little understanding on what I mean.

Such books are freely available in the public libraries. There’s no note saying that only those above 18 can read them. No, you definitely do not want your little 12 year old sister reading these novels.

It’s conveniently available for puchase at your local bookstore or even Amazon.com for a measly $5.99. If you look a little harder, you can strike a good deal at $2.

I agree with EBT that “men watch porn while women “read stories.”” But all in all, it’s the same thing, no? Perhaps we men do not like the idea of having to waste some amount of brain cells in putting words into pictures. If it’s so tedious, why not just watch all the action on screen?

My views, your views.

January 24, 2006

I absolutely agree with the idea that there can never be a wholesome definition of pornography which everyone will draw upon. What may seem to be pornographic material to one, isn’t to another. Justice Potter Stewart’s “Casablance Test” can be rather subjective in the way that people’s personal views are not the same. If everyone is left to give their own definition of it, I’m sure there will be 400 different ones in the class alone. Is it really so difficult to once and for all put together a definition on pornography and the different categories there are, for eg. hard core, soft core etc? The answer is yes!

If we can differentiate drama from action-packed movies, and rap from rhythm and blues, why not pornography from erotica? What differs erotica from pornography? Many of us would say that it’s the artistic value there is in erotic material and pornography being “filthy”, corrupting the minds of people, and made solely for sexual purposes. Who is to say that the erotica materials weren’t made with the intention of encouraging sexual activities? Maybe they were. Especially the erotic materials from hundreds or even thousand years ago. Just because they are history, all of a sudden they are “art”. Would you agree if I said a copy of what today is deemed pornographic material, excavated a thousand years from now possibly be considered an art form?

The point being there is an extremely fine, or rather almost invisible, line drawn between pornography and erotica. You may agree that my views are not wrong, but it doesn’t make you think the way I do. So until everyone becomes a lamb and accepts everything slapped on their faces, there will always be arguments that will in turn bring up newer arguments.

Virgin Post

January 23, 2006

I’m an Accounting major, doing my last semester. I thought it would be rather interesting to stray a little from the usual business classes and take up something more appealing. What I know about porn, I guess more than 3/4 of the population does too. From this class, I hope to view (pun not intended) porn on a deeper level rather than what the society in general perceives it to be.