When did it become OK to talk about reading porn?


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After noticing on Facebook quite a few of my friends raving about 50 shades of grey I had to know what all the fuss was about. I googled the book and was quite stunned to see what it was about. I looked it up on Amazon and saw it was only a couple of quid so I thought I’d give it a bash.

When it arrived I was quite intrigued to read it, in all it only took me two days to read. This is for two reasons, first of all the words aren’t exactly taxing. You can quite easily skim read through each chapter half an hour at a time. Secondly I was trying to get to THE bit which made it into the top seller it is. Well I didn’t get there. It’s been dubbed Mummy porn and I think I can see why. It content might seem shocking to someone of an older generation but nothing in that book was new on me. I’m not some raving BDSM fanatic but there was nothing that was new or shocking in it.

The first book ends in a funny way so in spite of myself I ended up buying the second.  I casually mentioned it in work, one colleague hadn’t heard anything about it so I awkwardly explained and another blurted out “have you got to the bit about fisting yet?!” My male colleague found it this whole thing hilarious. He has used every opportunity since to raise the topic, including while we were out at a group lunch. How come I was more or less comfortable telling my work colleagues about reading porn? When did the times change? I’d never dream of telling them about a porn film I’d watched, that’s not acceptable but it seems that it is OK to tell people that you read it. Even my 50 year old Auntie has been reading and raving about it. Mothers and Daughters are sharing the book and its being passed around offices. No one is embarrassed at all which is a good thing I think, I just hate the storyline.

I made it through the second book and was even more annoyed at the characters and frustrated with the plot line. If you haven’t already read / heard about it, it’s about the relationship between a young student who is also a virgin meeting a twenty something billionaire business man. In order to woo her again he tracks her mobile phone / stalks her to her place of work. Before they start a relationship he makes her sign an agreement that stops her from speaking to anyone about any part of it. They then enter the playroom and at some point he beats her so hard with a belt that she leaves. If it were me in the book I would have been off at the point of finding out he had tracked my mobile. End of story right there, but her limit was being beaten.

But as I suspected the second book was just a continuation of his controlling ways such as buying the company she had just started working for. That in itself would thoroughly p*ss me off. But actually all this weird behaviour must be worth it when you consider she can orgasm just by him touching her breast! At one point she goes to see her Mother for some time alone and surprise, surprise he turns up there as well. By the end of the second book we are now 5 weeks into this relationship, she has met two of his exes one of which points a gun at her (warning bells anyone?) and they are engaged.

I’m sorry but this is fiction gone too far.

I’m now on the third book, now I am even more annoyed at myself. I went into town yesterday to find it had sold out in WH Smith so I bought it in Waterstones for the full RRP of £7.99. For God sake what is wrong with me? Why do I need to know what happens next?

Well I’m through the first chapter and they are now married after a one month engagement period. I don’t know where the rest of the book is going to go but I can’t wait to get to the end and put this sorry episode behind me. Never again am I taking book recommendations from facebook!

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9 thoughts on “When did it become OK to talk about reading porn?

  1. I have also got caught up in the hype of this book. I keep thinking there is something wrong with me. I have not loved the book. I will finish the first and read the next two to see if it gets better. I am a 50 year old grannies and have read much more erotic books and enjoyed them. I gave it to my 22 year old daughter to see what she thought. She has only read four chapters so must not be finding it that good.

    • So glad to hear It’s not just me then! I had to read it out of curiosity after hearing so many great reviews but honestly I don’t know what all the fuss is about, maybe it’s somewhere in the third book 🙂

  2. I’m refusing to purchase it just on principle. You know, the principle that says I don’t want to purchase it if my mom will let me borrow it for free! Although I gotta admit I’m a bit creeped out that my mom likes it so much, I feel like she has overshared some part of herself that I REALLY don’t need (or want- at all!) to know about…

    It’s funny that you mention the generational thing- my mom “took” right to it, but a younger friend was really shocked! And it just now occurs to me that maybe my mom is a bit of a freek- eeeew!

    • Haha! I can’t believe I paid full price for the last book, it’s readable (you have to get to the end) but it’s just pure crap. My auntie loves it, it makes me so awkward now when she talks about it. I also had a really awkward conversation the other day with my boyfriends Mum, he had told her I had read it and she asked me what it was about!! Good job it was over the phone…too much cringe!

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