Women Who Love Porn: TSJ Talks to “Erotic Scribes”

Women who Love Porn

TSJ talks to the porn commentary peeps at Erotic Scribes and gets the lowdown on what’s up with mommy porn. 

The Smoking Jacket: What is Erotic Scribes? When was the website started up? And what was its goal? Who’s writing for you? Who’s your audience? What are your hopes for your site?

Coleen Singer: Erotic Scribes is the free public sexuality news, information and commentary voice of our main website, Sssh.com.

Primarily written for the women’s audience, the site was launched in 2009 with the goal of providing well-written and compelling articles, originally ranging from sex toy reviews to short erotic stories, and over the years Erotic Scribes has transformed into a combination of op-ed on hot topics (such as Internet censorship), to humor (pointing out the absurdity of some things clueless celebrities say about porn such as Amanda Seyfried), all the way to political satire (such has anti-gay Russian President Putin and how he might be handing famous gay figure skaters competing at the 2014 winter Olympics).

I curate Erotic Scribes myself, and I’m also the Sssh.com features editor. Erotic Scribes also includes writings by a core group of women journalists and humorists from the Sssh.com staff. Although the target audience of erotic scribes is women, we do have a large readership of men who seem to enjoy the humor and satire articles a lot!

Our hopes for the site is continued growth, particularly, expanding our library original educational, humor and satire videos.

The Smoking Jacket: I noticed you have a post up called “Sex Humor: Porn for Women – A Comical Version of the Perfect Man”, and another called “Where have all the retired porn stars gone?” What kinds of topics are you interested in talking about? Do you think there’s a need for these kinds of subjects? 

Coleen Singer: We are interested in covering pretty much anything and everything “about sex” in popular mainstream culture, politics, the adult industry, and anything else that jumps off the page as a topic that might enlighten or entertain our viewers. There is a VERY large need for this sort of coverage coming from both a women’s perspective, with our women contributors coming from both mainstream and the adult industry as writers, directors and producers.

Why?

To provide a “more-or-less SFW” publication that goes beyond the supermarket tabloid “how to give the perfect blowjob so your boyfriend doesn’t dump you” tripe written in so many “women’s news sites”, and to provide that coverage that at least tries to be devoid of whatever “feminist porn” or “ethical porn” agenda-of-the-moment that constitutes so many publications written by women from within the adult industry.

Women Who Love Porn

The Smoking Jacket: What is mommy porn? Do you think people are missing something great about mommy porn? Is it too easy to make fun of?

Coleen Singer: “Mommy Porn” is a rather sad and even degrading moniker that was coined by the mainstream media to describe the success of Fifty Shades of Gray that literally exploded in readership with a segment of women who traditionally don’t watch porn, but do like some “zip” in their erotic literature.

We all remember the photos on such sites as CNN, The New York Times, etc., showing groups of business women sitting in airport departure areas all engrossed in reading Fifty Shades of Gray.

The opportunity was just too ripe for some witty news editor NOT to coin a cute phrase for the phenomena!

So, like the term “mommy porn” or not, it’s helped the surge in sales of sex toys and adult content by women buyers never before seen, much to the glee of anyone in the adult industry at that time that was fortunate enough to have products and services positioned for branding and marketing to that quickly emerging demographic sector of women exploring their sexuality and a credit card.

The Smoking Jacket: What are some porn sites you think are doing a good job?

Coleen Singer: Lots of them!  By and large, the long term larger sites and studios in adult (like Playboy, of course!) do a good job at producing quality products and services, and operate with good business practices to keep their customers happy and coming back for more.

The one new-comer that I’m watching gleefuly is Inside Adult.  A relatively new venture brought to the world by AVN founder Paul Fishbein, Inside Adult really jumps out at me for doing a great job of creating compelling and entertaining content for discerning surfers of adult material.

The Smoking Jacket: What about sexy reading? Are people reading sexy stuff? Are ladies digging a sexy read more than dudes are?

Coleen Singer: People are actually reading “sexy stuff” more than ever before.  Why?  The two big factors in this explosion of popularity in the erotic literature sector are

1) Fifty Shades Of Grey, that literally made it “okay” for Suzy from Kansas to start her own collection of steamy reading material

2) The tremendous popularity of Kindle, iPad and other tablet readers that Suzy can keep her adult material on, safely out of sight from the family computer in the den.  As for the question of “women more than men”, I think it’s safe to say that based on the long success of the Erotic Fiction sector, that most women are much more likely to be reading erotic material than men.  Guys like movies!  Most women I know like to be able to paint the pictures in their mind’s eye when offered a good read (Oh, and then watch a movie!).

For a little visual verification of “women read more entertainment content than men,” next time you are at the grocery store checkout aisle, note that 99 percent of all of the impulse buy magazines are “for women.”  “Fly Fishing Monthly” and “NASCAR Gazette” magazines are back in aisle 19, next to the paper goods!

Trust the supermarket analysts of “who buys what, where?” in their stores. They’ve been at this demographics game a very long time.

The Smoking Jacket: What do you think of James Deen’s recent comments on porn for women?

Coleen Singer: I’ll have to admit, when the news coverage of James Deen’s interview on this topic hit the headlines, I did hold my breath as to what he might say (being a guy and all!).  But I quickly found myself nodding my head in agreement with him with his opening quote that hit the nail on the head:

“Every individual likes a different thing. If market research was done that revealed that most women viewing porn like this type of thing, then yeah, I’d take that and put it in a movie. But from what I can tell, it runs the gamut, like it does with men. Some men like tattoos, long hair, and piercings, and there’s men who like everything in between. Some people like plots and dialogue, slow disrobing, and then there’s people who don’t care, who want them naked and sexed up right off the bat. ~ James Deen

James did a great job in his interview in pointing out that regardless of gender, people are individuals with different tastes, kinks and turn-ons, especially when it comes to film viewing preferences.

www.EroticScribes.com

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