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A rebel since childhood, R.A. Simone knows the streets of the St. Louis Metro area. From North Sarah to Litzsinger. As government social service employee. Cable TV door-to-door salesperson. Resident. And pizza delivery expert. Envelope-Pusher.
Hippie radical. Entrepreneur. Bureaucrat. Draftee in the Sexual Revolution. Philosophical Iconoclast. Eccentric. Activist. Proud capitalist. Future Centenarian. Sentimental Romantic. Paleo-Wannabe.
When R.A. grew up, "everybody knew" girls didn't enjoy sex outside of marriage, because they wanted only to please their husbands and reproduce the species. While boys snuck looks at PLAYBOY centerfolds, girls read Harlequin romances. At the end, the man and woman kissed.
In the 1970s feminists denounced "pornography" as violence against women.
Almost everybody -- men and women -- in practice defined "pornography" as explicit descriptions or depictions of sex.
Only men admitted to enjoying it.
Women didn't -- either didn't enjoy it or didn't admit to enjoying explicit descriptions or depictions of sex.
However, some years ago, women began writing stories of . . . drumroll, please! . . . explicit descriptions of sex.
And women read it. Oh, my, my.
Calling it "erotica" rather than "pornography."
That makes it okay.
Because erotica novels tell stories of romantic relationships which just happen to include plenty of explicit depictions of hot sex.
And women -- from college to boomers R.A.'s age -- love it! Just look at the incredible success of 50 Shades of Gray!
Unimaginable back in the Stone Age of R.A.'s extreme youth.
GREAT! Freedom! The pioneers kicked open the doors.
Millions of women read stories of love relationships, including lots of great sex.