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Monday, June 11, 2012

CJ Ellisson Discusses Mommy Porn



The Dreaded “Mommy Porn” Moniker

I don’t know about you, but I cringe every time I hear this phrase. When I first heard it, I thought it was some type of classification for fetish porn starring pregnant women. (don’t laugh it’s probably out there, somewhere… *cringe*)

I’ve been reading hot books with explicit sex since the late ‘90s and have never thought of the steamy books as porn, not once. I recall feeling like I hit pay dirt when I discovered the UK published Black Lace series, which billed itself as erotic fiction written by women for women. Woo-hoo! Wild sex scenes that got my engine revved for my partner.

Before I discovered the series, I tried reading the sub-par stories in the Penthouse Letter compilations, and to me those fit the “porn” title much better—but, that’s my personal opinion and not necessarily the one that should be used to define what is pornographic material.

One meaning in my handy electronic dictionary for pornography defines it as the “sexual images industry”.  Interesting clarification, I think. I equate the word “porn” almost exclusively to a visual image rather than the written word. When I’m reading, if I don’t like where a scene is going I can skip ahead or skim read it. But if I see a disturbing image, it is often burned into my mind’s eye for life.

So why has the media branded steamy books with sex as “mommy porn”? I don’t think a woman would have said this (although, I did have a female friend laughingly call my own work Vamp-porn and she wondered why I didn’t laugh with her… um, ‘cause you just insulted my work?). I’ve speculated often, and quite loudly, that only a man who is trying to justify his own Internet porn addiction would be so bold as to classify erotic romance and erotica as “mommy porn”.

I know lots of women who aren’t moms who like hot books. I was one of them. I read erotica long before I had children. Seriously, where does the media think babies come from? *Gasp!* From SEX! And how is a monogamous woman supposed to get new ideas for the bedroom? From the adult video industry’s silicone Barbie dolls who look like they haven’t eaten in a week? Puh-lease.

Very rarely do those videos show anything that remotely equates to a real scenario, and we women know it. I like my hot books. I’ve learned lots from them. My husband *loves* me reading my hot books. Does he call them porn? Nope, and you know why? Because he’s a very smart man. Why bash something with a derogatory term that gets your wife thinking about sex and wanting to have it with you more?

How about you? Are you as annoyed as I am by this “mommy porn” term or does it just make you laugh?






Big Game
Book Three The VV Inn Series
by C.J. Ellisson

In this much-anticipated third installment of the V V Inn series, our sexy couple journeys to Argentina, bringing half their seethe along for the ride. 

Vivian and Rafe venture into the Seat of Darkness, the Tribunal’s base, to uncover who’s plotting them against and why. From a cold, windy island off the southern Argentine coast, to the decadence of Buenos Aires, the group has plenty to keep their attention—seductive twins, deadly games, and a bunch of bloodsucking fiends who hate our much-loved, despotic innkeeper enough to see her dead. 

Asa and Jon stay in Alaska, to manage the famous inn as it opens doors to a new type of guest. Visiting werewolves go on their first exploration of the property, looking for big game—hormones run high and shots ring out across the tundra. Soon, the hunters become the hunted and the peaceful getaway resembles a battleground. 

How many will survive the next five days and will they ever be the same again? 

Warning: This book contains very explicit sex scenes and is not intended for readers under 18.



The Hunt
Book Two The VV Inn Series
C.J. Ellisson

Vivian thinks she can control every aspect of a deadly game with her usual manipulations... but what if she can't? 

Seven vampires and seven werewolves pay to hunt a supernatural criminal across the cold, vast grounds of an Alaskan resort. The one to catch her, and live through the encounter, will increase their power by feasting on hers. 

The tiny vampire they track is more than she appears, however. To escape a fate of twelve years in silver chains, she'll do anything to survive the weeklong excursion. This time, the darkness holds more than just the stinging bite of the Arctic--it holds death. 

Journey along, in this next installment of The V V Inn series, for a wild ride as the tale is told through the eyes of all the new seethe members. 

Warning: This book contains some explicit sex scenes and is not intended for readers under 18.



Vampire Vacation
Book One The VV Inn Series

Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true. 

Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests. 

Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect? 

Warning: This book contains some explicit sex scenes, intended for mature readers only.


Titles in the V V Inn series: 

Free Short Story and half of Book One: Just One Taste 

Book One: Vampire Vacation 

Free Read containing half of Book Two: Another Sip 

Book Two: The Hunt Book 

Three: Big Game 

Novella: Death’s Servant (Jonathan’s story, due out Summer 2012) 

Book Four: The Seduction of Death (due out December 2012)



About the Author:

C.J. Ellisson writes erotica and urban fantasy. Her vampire series, The V V Inn, mixes a heavy dose of erotic elements with suspense, action, a little bit of mystery and some light humor. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze.

To learn more about C.J.'s books (where you can read half of the novels for free), please visit her website at www.cjellisson.com



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4 comments:

Roxanne Rhoads said...

I hate the mommy porn term, sounds so derogatory. I don't know why anything that gets a "mommy" related lable just sounds like people are bashing moms or belittling moms. It's like- hey they brought new life in this world and have the hardest job ever but so what they're "just a mom".

I think women have the right to enjoy sex and not be treated like crap or belittled because of it. Men have objectified us and used us but oh no if the woman enjoys it we must make her feel like shit about it.

Such a double standard.

Audrey Hawkins said...

"Mommy porn"...really? Who came up with this term? I'm betting it was a man, but that's just my opinion. I do have to laugh when I hear this term but at the same time, I get annoyed.

People who use this sexist derogatory term in reference to any sexually explicit books that women, "mommies" read (and let's face it, women tend to read more than men)forget that mothers are sexual beings are were so BEFORE they were mommies. I mean how do you think we became mommies in the first place??

There's no justification for this term to exist. I being the mother of two, am not about the apologize for the steamy things that I read. There's NOT a thing wrong with it and I sure don't view these books as "mommy porn".

Book Lovin Mamas said...

I can understand why that could be an insult. My husband calls the books I read 'Lady Porn' and he's just joking trying to mess with me, but yeah it does get annoying! But to tell you the truth, I don't care what anyone calls it because I plan to read what I want to read either way because I love it! :) So keep on writing and I'll keep on reading.

Anna @ Book Lovin' Mamas

Astrid said...

At first I thought Mommy Porn was a bit funny but once I read CJ's comments on it, I could certainly see her point of view. I also have read erotica for a while and I (or my hubby) has never referred to it as 'porn.' We have referred to it as smut or naughtiness but that is the 'worst' we ever call it