Vonnie Kennedy writes for Senior Planet, among other publications. This piece was first published at vonniekennedy.com as “Do Boomer Women Want to Read About Other Boomer Women Having Sex?” Read more of Vonnie’s writing on Senior Planet and explore her blog.
I have to admit that I haven’t been thinking about sex lately. Not because I’m over it – it’s just been on the back burner while I move house. But when I found this post by Erica Jagger on HuffPost 50, “Where Are the 50-Year-Old Heroines In Erotic Fiction?,” it got me thinking about sex again, not just as a woman, but also as a reader and writer.
Jagger writes, “I love erotic fiction, but I’m fed up reading about 22-year-old virgins who start f**king like porn stars immediately upon deflowerment. I’d really love to read a sizzling slice of smut featuring a protagonist I can actually relate to.”
I agree wholeheartedly, Erica, but where do we find it? Or the real question may be, do we really want erotic sexually explicit stories about women our age or would we be as grossed out as with the younger versions of ourselves?
A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about the same subject on Vibrant Nation. I received some positive feedback from other women who longed for erotic fiction about women over 50, but I didn’t get any suggestions as to where to find these stories.
I also posted a video on my blog back in 2012 featuring Joan Price, who seems to be the lead spokesman for Ageless Erotica – which is the name of the collection she edited. But are there other authors out there writing erotic stories featuring older woman?
I have to confess that I haven’t read Joan’s book yet, but it’s on my Kindle list along with lots of other books I want to read.
Before writing this post, I googled “mature women erotica” for research purposes. Warning: DO NOT Google “mature women erotica” unless you’re into slimy porn sites involving older women. Nuff said.
So, I regoogled (is that a word?), using the phase “erotic stories for boomer women,” and came up with an article on Grandparents.com by Joan Price: Sexy Books: Erotica for Boomers. I scanned through Price’s list of authors but didn’t find any boomer-age women (or men) as the lead characters. Hmmm.
Next on the Google list: Why Boomer Women Are Hot for Erotica E-books at Next Avenue. Again, I found no recommended stories or novels about hot and sexy older women, so I have to wonder, do older women want to read about other older women having sex? It certainly isn’t a phenomenon that’s taken off since I wrote about it two years ago.
So, what do mature women want to read? Give me a hint, I’m interested.