I blogged briefly about this Huff Po ARTICLE yesterday – Jaxine Bubis, a candidate for the Colorado State Senate, used to write erotic romance for Extasy Books, and now journalists are questioning whether that will affect her political future. The article features a lovely video clip of Jaxine talking about her inspiration for the plot of one of the novels, and it affirms that women over fifty – who were at the forefront of the sexual revolution – continue to be interested in sex and are a major market for erotica and erotic romance.
The article also features an excerpt of a video news report by Huff Po State Government Reporter John Celock. As he and the news anchor tossed the issue back and forth, they had a hard time keeping a straight face. They brought up the “mommy porn” label, joked about Fifty Shades of Gray, suggested the candidate might need to pledge to not bring up erotic content on the senate floor, and made a very tasteless pun on her last name.
I’m guessing both reporters are in their mid twenties, at most, so perhaps it’s a generational thing – or a combination of generation and gender. If so, they’d better get a grip. We Baby Boomers are doing this aging process differently than anyone’s grandma before us – and we don’t expect to be laughed at. Our demographic is a major market, with significant resources to purchase what we enjoy, so we’ll laugh all the way to the bank, the library, or the e-book website.
I don’t particularly call the fiction I’m writing “porn,” but I’m definitely a grandma, and I’m here to celebrate staying sexy, reading about sex, writing about sex, and having an active sex life, as long as I’m able.