ED= Erectile Dysfunction
If I haven't scared you off quite yet I'm amazed. It's a fact that this happens, at least temporarily, to most men at one point in their lives. Yet most don't want to talk about it. Well, I recently wrote a book where ED is the main theme. The hero and heroine are a lifestyle couple and they have to find ways to get past it or let their relationship go for good. So many people are affected by this but it's still a hush-hush topic. Bob Dole explained it in an ad in 1999 and
I have a 'place' that I sometimes post short stories for review and I did just that while I was in the midst of writing this latest short story. To my utter surprise I got comments that weren't so upbeat. One person said that erectile dysfunction had no place in erotic romance and that nothing about it was erotic or sexy. Without revealing my entire plot I can also say that some didn't like my ending...
Women burned their bras, men came out of the closet, transvestites are no longer the hidden in the closet people they used to be and yet we can't talk about a simple, natural body function? I've always written on the premise that erotic romance is about the relationship not the sex. Sure I write the sex in there and it's hot but ultimately I want the reader to connect to the characters and their relationship journey.
If we can't have erotic romance without blatant intercourse then that must mean that erotic romance isn't about the relationship but about the mere sexual act. But wait, I thought that was porn? Hmmm, any thoughts?