But many people still feel a deep unease about the growth of pornography - about the way people within the business are exploited, and about the ways in which consumers find their imaginations colonised by a very particular and very narrow view of invulnerable sexuality. If any art form could express the impact of pornography on the individual imagination, could examine that unease, then surely it should be the novel, since novelists specialise in anatomising intimacy and relationships. Yet most writers who take on the subject of pornography are men, and for them it is usual to adopt a pretty breezy, often humorous view of the way that pornography works. In Adam Thirlwell's recent novel Politics, for example, we see a female character sitting at her computer, scrolling through the pornography on offer: "Having exhausted the fisting gallery, Anjali was offered 29 snaps of horny babe cucking [sic] lover off in back of class, 30 zooms of gorgeous sexy hottie opening fat bald beaver. This list bored Anjali.
Jessica Biel. Age: 29. Friendly and nice girl model appearance. I will meet with a sober adequate man strictly from 25 years. Preference - the dominant men.
Unlike a lot of my sneering literary colleagues, I was excited to read Fifty Shades of Grey. A naughty novel that American women are going wild for? Sign me up! Imagine my tremendous disappointment, then, to discover that Fifty Shades of Grey didn't even have all that much transgressive sex in it, certainly not by erotica standards.
Huda Kattan. Age: 27. Pretty breasts, always in a great mood, you will never feel a drop of negativity. I will create for you warmth and comfort.
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