Since the Dirty Birdies theme for this month is freedom, I’m going to talk about how glad I am that I live in the here and now.
Occasionally, I’ll be watching a programme or film, or reading a book and wish that I could have lived in those times – the seventies are a frequent favourite. I just love the music and the attitude! And as for period dramas and stuff… ahhhh, don’t get me started 😉
For the most part, though, I’m very glad that I live in the times I do, and the country I do. Why? Because I write erotica and erotic romance – under my own name, no less! My interest in erotic fiction started while I was at University, and developed to the extent that my dissertation was on erotic literature, and how women’s roles in the genre have increased as social attitudes changed. I’m not going to reproduce the whole thing here – it’s over 2,000 words long and some of it is out of date now, but basically the gist is that things have changed. In decades gone by, little pieces of culture and attitude have shifted. For example, back in the day, Lady Chatterley’s Lover was a shocking book, to the extent that it was banned. Now, though, it’s now openly sold in branches of Waterstones, along with many other books that were banned for various reasons.
There are many, many examples of how things have changed, and I’m sure you know lots of them already so I won’t list them. But I will say how happy I am that they have. I’m a tough cookie, and I can take criticism and know how to stand up for what I believe in, but I’m not sure I would have been able to do what I do now, fifty years ago. A young, unmarried woman writing erotica! They’d probably have burned me at the stake! 😉 Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean.
So as much as I may moan about other things; the government, taxes, benefits cheats, corrupt politicians, and so on, I am glad that we’ve at least got to a stage in the UK where it’s okay to do what I do. Granted, not everyone agrees with it and many people get the wrong idea, but at least I can write something that has a chance to be be published, and appear on a shelf on a bookstore. That doesn’t mean that every individual walking past will buy it, but they can if they want to. And that’s fabulous.