On a recent trip to an online writer’s forum I saw a question that asked authors of Erotica what they thought about the phrase “Mommy-porn”. I don’t know what I expected, but I clicked on it. What surprised me most was the venomous way that they took the phrase. I figured that it was more because of the fact that their genre was finally getting a moment in the sun and they didn’t like it. The same way a lot of people who wrote Supernatural YA were upset when Twilight was breaking records and out-selling everything.

As authors we have a tendency to place things in a hierarchy when it comes to books that we like. Sometimes we might even surmise that our work belongs somewhere up there. When this newcomer shoots their way onto the scene and dominates what we would consider those “more deserving authors” we tend to, for lack of a better phrase, lose our shit.

Maybe I’ve gone too far—it’s not just authors that do this. Many musicians or those with strong music related opinions do the same thing. When Nu-Metal, Pop-Punk, or Top-40s-Rap is discussed watch old fans of the genre sneer and roll their eyes. This isn’t true across the board, but there’s something in us protective that wants our chosen genre to be respected and liked, but for reasons better than those on the surface.

That I can understand.

When I responded saying as much I was met with others telling me that when someone says “Mommy-porn” it’s almost always in a negative manner or connotation. There was some debate about if the phrase was sexist and what “Daddy-porn” would be (and no, don’t search Daddy-porn on Google…).

Those are all valid points and maybe I’m not paying close enough attention, but from what I have seen the news media just likes to say the phrase “Mommy-porn”. We all know that, especially here in the US, a news story is only as good as the buzz word you can invent to attach to it. Probably the good thing to come out of all this though is that Fifty Shades garnered a discussion and proved that once again independently published e-books can sell. I will follow the story for those reasons alone and I may even apply some of the marketing techniques to Keep Austin Safe.

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