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Sunday, March 25, 2012

a shrink considers mommy porn

I was having another quiet uninspiring boring Saturday night on the couch, one in which the only occurrence of interest was the careful application of ice to my tush*, when the phone rang.

It was Sue Cee, one of my favorite homettes, calling from our nation's capital. She's there to join a bunch of friends for a cancer benefit race.  They're running the streets of DC in honor of my BFF's husband and fellow homeboy of thirty-five years.  He was recently diagnosed, we were all stunned and saddened to learn just two short weeks ago.  It's going to be a serious fight for these dearest of friends

But back to the phone call.

Sue Cee sounded Tip Cee.

Three glasses of wine, she said.

Wah ha ha!  Snort!  I heard.

Wah ha ha!  

She was hardly coherent.  Iffy shades of grey, she snorted.  Give it to your husband, she cackled.  Spice up your sex life, she guffawed.  I could hear my other friends in the background laughing right along with her.

Eventually I deciphered that she was talking about the e-book bestseller and softcore fictional book, 50 Shades of Grey.  (I learned this much by Googling in the midst of all the cackling.)

Jezebel, who filed this post under Erotica, calls it  Mommy Porn.  She reports that Fifty Shades was 'literally" inspired by the Twilight series.  If so many housewives can swoon over teenage vampire lust, the thinking went, maybe they'll go for a virgin literature major bowing down before her interviewee, a billionaire entrepreneur who's into BDSM.   Over 16,000 reviews on Goodreads (up to 23,000, I just now saw), how have I not heard about this?

Too much tennis and teen taxiing, I guess.

So I thought I'd ask my readers.  Has anyone read it?  Is 50 Shades worth the $33 asking price (paperback)? If I had one of those electronic gadgets I could download it for $10 and tell you my opinion.  But since I'm still in the dark ages, turning pages instead of flicking a screen, I'm hoping someone's little screen, and maybe erogenous zones, have been lit up by this latest sexual sensation.

And, if you happen to read this bright and early AND live in, or are visiting Washington, DC,  the race starts at 9am.  1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.  Or, in lieu of running, you can do as I did, make a donation here on my friends' Get The Funk Out of My Colon donation page.


*Tennis injury. Don't ask. I'm too pissed off at my body to talk about it.

15 comments:

Coffeypot said...

Sorry! Haven't read it. Too old...don't need it. Besides, I'm a man.

Megan said...

Haven't read it. :)

ADoC said...

Haven't read it, but heard it's a love or hate thing. Much like Twilight.

Magpie said...

i heard about it in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/10/business/media/an-erotic-novel-50-shades-of-grey-goes-viral-with-women.html?pagewanted=all

and no, i haven't read it.

Julie M said...

A gal in my book club is reading it on the beaches of FL right now. I guess she is wondering where she's been all these years, and why she didn't know all that stuff.

I think she's been married close to 50 years..

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Hmm. Barnes and Noble has the paperback for $10.99 and the e-version for $9.99.

I don't like romance novels, but I might try a free sample.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

At book club last Thursday one of the woman was telling us about her other book club reading it. They called it "Mommy Porn," too. but she wasn't sold on it!

Banjo @ Unfabulousness said...

I haven't read it but am adding it to my Kindle now. It's all over, everyone is talking about it now. So, I am curious. Will let you know how it goes

Susan said...

I heard about this a few weeks ago but have not purchased and probably won't. If it was straight sexy stuff I might but the BDSM is a turnoff for me.

So sorry about your friend. I hope that his treatment is successful.

Lisa said...

I'm on the second book of the series...it's OBVIOUSLY fantasy, but intriguing. From my "therapist" point of view, it's NOT a book for impressionable, or abused women to read...but just for the shear imagination...i have to say, i love it.

Aunt Snow said...

I guess I shouldn't look in the library......

And thanks for the link to "Get the Funk Out of my Colon." -

Anonymous said...

I just downloaded book 1 and have not read it yet, but the way everyone is talking about it as being "mommy porn" reminds of when I secretly bought and snunk in the house the Beauty series books by Ann Rice. And, it just so happened there was a sleepover at my house, but I managed to do what I needed to do without getting caught. I had to. I am a empty nester, on my second marriage and ready to read these books! Rock on! Women, let's quit being shy about what we like to read.....

That Janie Girl said...

I've purchased and downloaded, but not yet "cracked" it open.

(Can you do that, electronically?)

But now, you've got me piqued…so I'm gonna do it. I'll get back to you.

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

If that's the case then I'm still in the dark ages myself and I choose to remain in them. Though mommy porn sounds like a positive thing to me.

Cassandra said...

I have been trying to read it for 2 months! I would almost rather watch paint dry, it is boring. The writing style is juvenile and trite. I am a black,Afro-American or whatever the correct term is, woman, perhaps that is why the slapping and tying up pisses me off! I would say, say your 33 bucks and buy a Hitachi magic wand and some Barry White or Luther Vandross.