A Sex Writer’s Defense of Visual Porn

Words or pictures? When it comes to erotica, what turns you on? And why? For me, it’s almost always about the pictures — something I feel a little odd about, what with being a porn writer and all.

The Good Vibrations magazine has just started running a photo gallery — and they’ve published my piece, A Sex Writer’s Defense of Visual Porn, as part of their opening festivities. If you’re interested in the “dirty pictures versus dirty books” question — or if you’re curious about why a dedicated sex writer turns to photos and videos when it’s time to get off — come check it out. Here’s a taste:

“It’s about feeling like I’m really there. The pictures don’t just make it easier for me to imagine the scene — they make it easier for me to project myself into it. Having a picture thrust into my brain makes me feel like I’m there; like I’m one of the people in the scene, or a new person wedging myself into the goings-on, or even an invisible voyeur watching it all up close. And that’s true whether the pictures are photos of real dirty people doing real dirty things, or drawings of dirty people doing made-up dirty things that an artist thought up.”

To read the rest, come visit the Good Vibrations Magazine. There’s tons of great writing in addition to mine — and now they have dirty pictures, for drooling perverts like me!

A Sex Writer’s Defense of Visual Porn
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2 thoughts on “A Sex Writer’s Defense of Visual Porn

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    Interestingly, there was just a convention in SF this past weekend about computer video games and sex… the first of its kind. Pornographers and gamers on the panels, plotting and arguing. And from all reports I’ve heard, the main dirge, said over and over again, is that women do not respond to visuals.
    Why does this pig still fly? Women are intensely visual! My god, the whole fashion industry is based on women’s visceral appreciation for “stuff that looks good”.
    Your story is great, but why do people cling to the reverse? why is it important to have faith that women are sexually blind?

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    Great to see Greta writing about smut again. Whatever she writes is always intelligent and thought provoking, and sometimes it is outrageously hot, too.
    The idea that people invent their own stories for visual porn seems so true.
    I have seen the same image put up in Yahoo groups for totally different kinks, often with captions that indicate the posters own totally different stories. I guess this is the smut equivalent of “rip, mix, burn”.

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