Not since Barbarella and Modesty Blaise came to the publics’ attention in the 1960’s, have we seen a crime fighting heroine that’s sexy, sassy and strong. While erotic fiction has become popular in the UK, what stereotypes are the typical erotic literary characters producing?
In their 2014 Observer sex survey, Opinium Research revealed that 43% of Britons will read erotica occasionally. Out of those statistics, 53% are women compared to just 32% of men. This would suggest that women outrank men for reading erotic literature. According to the study, men are more likely to watch online porn.
Is it through erotic literature that British women form views about sex? While sexual tastes are different for each of us, it’s important to remember that power struggles in relationships can ultimately start in the bedroom. So are women sending and receiving the ‘right’ signals through erotica, or are we conforming to stereotypes?
According to author, Tay Lawrence, sex has become too sombre and needs to be seen as fun and frisky.
“I felt sex in literature was becoming way too serious and creating stagnant stereotypes for women. A little whimsy is sometimes called for,” said Ms Lawrence.
In her new erotic thriller, ‘Chastity Black’, Tay Lawrence brings to life a new character that’s full of verve and ready for action in her own unique way.
An undercover agent for MI5, Chastity has seen her fair share of trouble, but now it’s personal. When her younger sister is killed and found washed up in the Thames, Chastity must penetrate a high class escort agency and infiltrate the ranks of the rich and powerful, while avoiding the Police Detective assigned to her sister’s case from finding out her true identity.
The book due to be published in paperback on the 8th of May is already available through Ebook format.