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But it turns out — despite all the 50 Shades drama — women have been reading erotica for a while.
Rachel Kramer Bussel is an author and editor of erotica, including books aimed at women.
In her experience, she says, it’s ‘women who buy the majority’ of erotica. She says it’s about escapism, about validating one’s own ideas, and also about getting real life ideas.
Given existing stereotypes about women’s love for romance novels in which heroines are very pretty, heroes are impossible noble and the whole debacle ends in marriage, 50 Shades’ BDSM plotline is a bit surprising.
Bussel admits some of it is “pretty explicit.’ But, she says it probably isn’t all the BDSM making 50 Shades so popular. ‘It’s BDSM second, romance first.’