Oh, God!

As they say, there are two things you should never discuss at a porn blog: religion and politics. So, in the past, I’ve tentatively violated the prohibition against politics, so I might as well go ahead and break the rest of the rule!

Let me start by confessing that I’m a “non-believer.” Before I go on, I have to say that I don’t like that label, nor do I like defining myself as an “atheist.” It doesn’t sit well with me to identify myself by what I DON’T believe. In my own little mind I call myself a Mythisist. I know this term may have other specific meanings, but for me it nicely encapsulates what I DO believe – that all religions (ALL) are based on myths – flawed fictional stories written by humans in a effort to explain the elements of the universe that are (or were) difficult (or impossible) to comprehend. I don’t intend to insult anyone else’s beliefs with this position – if it brings one comfort to believe that Jesus, or Mohammed, or Vishnu, or Yoda, or Zeus, or Ra, or Odin, or Moroni, or Cthulu, or any of the host of other invisible divine entities humans have revered throughout the millennia use their magic powers to intervene in your life so that things go your way, then I’m happy for you. That’s not to say I won’t be silently judging you and downgrading my estimation of your overall capacity for rational thought, but I’m all for you believing whatever brings you comfort (unless you’re my doctor…I’m not going to put my own personal biology in the hands of someone who doesn’t accept evolution!).

And, for the sake of full disclosure, I’m a total hypocrite. Despite my heretical beliefs, I do (sporadically) attend a Protestant church. My husband and I mainly, I think, do this out of habit as we were both raised in church-going households (though not especially strict when it came to the rules – Thou shalt not leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight was by far a more important commandment for me growing up, for example, than coveting my neighbor’s wife). I do enjoy the social aspects attending our little church offers, and it helps that our friends and neighbors don’t have to wonder if we’re Satan-worshipping heathens. Community aside, I also like the idea of allowing our kids to be exposed to the church (mostly through Sunday school) so that they have enough of an understanding about Christianity to be able to make their own informed decisions about religion when they are of an age to care about such things.

Okay, so, for those of you who haven’t yet deleted my site from you favorites list and closed your browser in a righteous huff, I’m telling you this because I’m curious about the intersection of religion and erotic stories (if there is one). I’ve been playing around with religion a little in “Open Door Policy,” as many of you have surely noticed. I didn’t really set out to create Vera as a devout Catholic just to pull her down into the cesspit of incestuous sin that most of us love to wallow in. ODP has very much been a writing experiment for me – no planning, no outlining, no character sketches, or any of that. I sit down and write each chapter not really knowing what’s going to happen or where the story might be leading. It’s not my natural style, but it can be very exciting to discover what my characters are going to do as it happens on the page. The idea of Joanne being the corrupting force in her otherwise pious friend’s life has been very arousing and gratifying for me. And, based on some of the feedback, this is an exciting aspect of the story for many of you as well.

I say this all to bring me around to the point that I’m intrigued by the idea of doing more in mixing porn and religiosity. The theme of a staunchly religious person (I always picture this person being a woman) being drawn into a debaucherous sexual situation has endless potential. But, beyond that, most all of our taboos are rooted in religion, and so adding that extra dimension to the taboos of incest, multiple-partners, same sex relations, and so on only amps up the perversion in any given story line that involves the mixing and matching of the two (or three, or four).

For some reason, the thought of doing Christian Erotica has been nagging at me for several months now. In this case I’m not talking about the kind of story where the Christian characters are corrupted or violate the holy tenents of their beliefs, but where they are confronted by a sexual quandary that must be resolved in keeping with biblical teachings in order to maintain their marriage in a wholesome and dutiful manner. I don’t know if I could pull it off, but the challenge of writing a dirty story that truly devout people would read, and (hopefully) masturbate to, really fires up my nether bits. Yes, I suppose the idea of playing the corruptor has a huge appeal for this perv!

I’m also curious about other religions as well. I had someone write and ask if I could do a story about a pair of Mormon sisters going on a mission together and doing some experimenting with each other. The idea really appeals to me, but I don’t yet know enough about Mormonism to convincingly tackle something along these lines. Likewise, I’m always intrigued when I get an e-mail from an admitted Muslim who enjoys my stories. I know the stuff I write MUST be forbidden within Islam, and so I love to find out how they justify reading my smut (and presumably beating off their no-no pole in the process). I don’t know if there’s much to exploit when it comes to Jewish, Hindu, or Buddhist circles, but I’m more than willing to learn!

Anyway, I don’t know where any of this might lead me, if anywhere, but I thought I’d throw it out there and see if any of you have an opinion on all of this. Would you prefer to keep religion out of your porn, or does the idea of a religious person giving in to temptation and discovering the joys of transgressive sex hold a special appeal for you? Is my notion of writing wholesome bible porn a hare-brained concept or a viable consideration? Should I risk death by jihad and write about what really goes on behind the curtains in the Sultan’s harem? (If I remember correctly, I think there was some pretty racy stuff along these lines in the original “1001 Nights.” When the Sultan is away, the harem will play.) Or, do you have any other random thoughts related to socially critical magisteria of religion and porn?

I promise to give you absolution after you confess your dirty, dirty sins to me…

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