Why is explicit sex rarely described in fiction? If everyone is interested in the subject (a safe assumption) why is such writing uncommon? I am truly baffled by the differences between pornographic writing, romance writing, and erotica.
The literary world is increasingly female – agents, writers, and readers are far more likely to be female than male these days. Is raw sex objectionable to women on moral grounds? Does it make them uncomfortable? Repel them? Do women fundamentally respond differently to sexually explicit material than men? As a man, I am not aroused by romance and erotica. Yet I can easily be stimulated by detailed descriptions of heterosexual intimacy.
Is that a genetic difference or a cultural one? Is there a market for male-oriented, sexually explicit writing? Or has the availability of video porn supplanted the literary version?
I am interested in your take on these questions.