Because we are sexual creatures.
Because someone, somewhere, will click on that link, or pick up that anthology, and lean in a little closer, their body language somewhere between curious and alert.
Because there’s a moment, erotic in-and-of-itself, when a writer describes a phenomenon or sensation or fantasy precisely in the way that you have in your own mind, and here is someone else describing it, someone else who knows.
Because people have been punished for it, time and time again, and yet they have pushed through—pushed through censorship, pushed through prison and torture and worse, to bring the erotic to the page, and to consume it.
Because we have imaginations that are constantly moving outward, expanding like the edges of the universe.
Because sometimes it’s nice to read prose instead of watching a video or looking at a picture.
Because your mind can fill anything in the interstices, between the lines. Because you can make a story into your own, in your head, and no one can take that away from you. Because when you write a story and send it out into the world, you are giving readers permission to make that story their own, in their own minds, a million private experiences tucked away, impenetrable.
Because there’s something you’ve always wanted to try, and here’s a blank page, waiting.
Because it can be public or private, hidden or broadcasted, an open identity or a secret one.
Because the idea of tucking a naughty read behind a socially-acceptable book is, in turn, funny, and then practical, and then arousing.
Because sometimes you need to escape. Because sometimes you need to bend closer to truth. Because you woke up in the middle of the night, the last wisps of an erotic dream drifting away from you, and you had to capture it before it was gone, bleached by sunlight.
Because there’s a little something for everyone, and if there isn’t, you can make it so.
Because why not?
Why write erotica? Why read it?
Because it’s hot. Come on. You knew that.
Olivia Glass is the author of FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF (Fleshbot Fiction, 2013). Her work has also appeared in Filament Magazine, Bend Over Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, and Best Women’s Erotica 2012, from Cleis Press. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and her website.
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