Spreading Smutty Love for #SOSS: Volume 2
Back for another week of spreading smutty love – all in the hopes of helping you as a smutlancer. This week, some of what I’ve found speaks to the why and how of what we do. And the rest? Well, that focuses on the problems we face trying to create sexual content.
Censorship by Default by May More
Okay, this may seem a little meta but I’m sharing one of May More’s #SOSS posts, Censorship by Default. She shared some great people, so there’s that, but it’s her discussion on censorship that caught my attention. She makes the case that censorship in general is becoming more widespread with no stopping in sight. Just because you personally aren’t the target of it today doesn’t mean you won’t be tomorrow. It’s something we need to remember.
Why I Talk Sex by Isabelle Lauren
I had not read Isabelle Lauren’s blog before this post, but that’ll have to change. She’s got a strong writing voice and perspective which pulled me right in. In Why I Talk Sex, she lays out what she wished she’d known before she started sex blogging and why she writes about and discusses sex now. We all have our own reasons, and if you haven’t done it before, I would challenge you to think about why you write about sex. Use it as a blog post, and let’s start talking about why we do this smutty thing we do.
Do You Trust Pornhub? by Pandora/Blake
It’s a good question, and Pandora/Blake, an icon in the sex-creating world, is a good person to ask it. By the way, if you’re not following Pandora/Blake, you should be. In Do You Trust Pornhub With a Database of Your Sexual Preferences, they outline – in great detail – the terrifying problems that could easily happen once the UK’s new law on porn and age verification is finalized. Mainly – porn companies could have access to personal data with (potentially) no requirement to keep it safe. If you’re thinking, “UK and porn equals not my problem,” think again. All it takes is one “success” for other governments to pick up on it. The United States will have something like it soon enough, I’m sure, if they don’t already.
e[lust] Turns 100!!
Okay, let’s end on a positive, smutlancing note. The 100th issue of e[lust] just came out this month. I don’t care what kind of smut or sex you write about, you need to submit your work to e[lust] each month. It’s one of the originals (maybe the original) in sharing our shit. Make sure you follow the rules to the letter – they’re not hard, so just do it. You’ll connect with other writers, have a guaranteed blog post in the middle of the month, and get clicks to your website long after that month’s issue goes live. It’s a win-win-win, y’all.
Hopefully half the shares this week didn’t scare the hell out of you, but maybe it should. It’s easy to believe that the things we read or hear about will never happen to us. Of course it could! Sex is taboo to so many people, and easy to turn into a bogeyman as we’re reminded to “Think of the children.” It’s only a matter of time before it impacts us all deeply. The question is, what are we going to do about it when it does?
A massive thank you for including my post – I really get so cross about anything that threatens our free speech so this post is close to my heart. I had it half written since April and then when the shadow banning etc started happening I finished it for SoSS 😉
Sadly, censorship is an issue everywhere all the time, but definitely in the sex writing space – so it doesn’t surprise me that you could write something in April that stands true in November.