Pornography

Pornography

“I know it when I see it.” This phrase was famously used in 1964 by United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart when he ruled that the French film, The Lovers, was not obscene and therefore not subject to banning from theaters. He saw the film and did not see...
Beauty & the Beast & BDSM

Beauty & the Beast & BDSM

Among the trailers shown before Fifty Shades of Grey this past weekend was the upcoming Disney remake of Cinderella. The question is: How many times can Cinderella be remade? The answer is: Infinite. Such is the power of fairy tales. Psychologists Sigmund Freud, Otto...
Romance Novels and Sensitive Nerves

Romance Novels and Sensitive Nerves

The things that cause an individual or a society discomfort and anxiety often provoke ridicule, scorn, and/or disregard. Romance novels provoke all three responses. Note: I have addressed the ridicule in my blog On the Term ‘Bodice Ripper,’ the scorn in my blog Five...