Erotic Sunday: Some titillating facts.
December 2, 2012 2 Comments
Erotica is a genre I’ve only recently started to write. When I mean recently, I’m talking within the last couple of years. The interest started as a skill challenge for me after a beta stated that my first attempt felt a bit mechanical. With the popularity explosion of FS of G, it got me thinking about the origins of erotica.
Erotic content has been around since the time of the ancient Romans and Greek. It has been a part of literature even during the Medieval and Renaissance periods, where poems and stories were circulated to a limited readership. With the 17th and 18th centuries, it became more public with poems written by Sir Charles Sedley, Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, and George Etherege. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester was a known ‘rake’ and many of the works by these other authors were attributed to him simply because Rochester was better known.
From the information I read, the church had a great influence over erotica; being the moral guide for the people and in some instances, the fodder for the stories, and yet it survives. Erotica has become more popular within this last century than, I think, in any other period. Why is that? Could it be because the church doesn’t have the influence it did? Or that we as a society are more comfortable with our sexuality than we were?
One thing is for certain; erotica will not be going away any time soon. There’s nothing like a steamy story to get the old heart pumping and put some spice back into our lives. Let’s us know we’re still alive.