Best Erotica for Women: Greatest Hits of the ‘Sexy Stories that Are Better Than 50 Shades of Grey’ Lists

If 50 Shades of Grey has done anything (besides light up thousands of Kindles and iPads), it has opened up a discussion about the fact that — gasp — women enjoy badly written sexy stories as much as men enjoy badly written porn. And that discussion has included many female-oriented publications giving us lists of “erotica that’s better than 50 Shades.” Here, the best of the “better than” lists:

The Vine goes mostly classic: John Cleland’s Fanny Hill, D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus, Annie Proulx’s “Brokeback Mountain.” One of our faves, Cleis Press’ annual Best Women’s Erotica, also gets a mention.

BiblioBitch likes: Curvy Girls: Erotica for Women, Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, and Pauline Reage’s The Story of O.

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Links for Sexy Feminists: Akin camp calls for opponent to drop out, Cosmo goes ’50 Shades,’ and more …

Akin Camp Says Opponent Should Drop Out?!?: So first Rep. Todd Akin makes up the redundant term “legitimate rape” and tells us we have magical uteri that can ward off evil sperm and stop pregnancy from resulting after an attack. Then everyone tells him he’s an idiot and even his fellow Republicans demand he drop out of the race. Now his campaign manager/son is calling for Akin’s senate-race opponent, incumbent Claire McCaskill, to drop out of the race instead? If Akin’s people are trying to confuse us out of following this whole thing anymore, they’re getting dangerously close to succeeding. Read about it on Talking Points Memo. If you’re not depressed enough yet, read on Examiner.com about how in 31 states, rapists can get joint custody of the children they fathered by attacking someone. If anyone tells you we don’t need feminism anymore, tell them this.

Dating After Divorce: We’ve written before about how hard this is. YourTango offers some tips.

Cosmo Goes 50 Shades: Two annoying tastes we never want together, and yet here we are. Jezebel makes appropriate amounts of fun.

Vermont Resort Fined for Not Hosting Lesbian Wedding Reception: Kate and Ming Linsley filed a suit against the Wildflower Inn, with the help of the ACLU, after the venue refused to book their reception because of the owners’ “personal feelings.” The resort agreed to settle the suit this week by paying $10,000 to the Vermont Human Rights Commission, placing $20,000 in a charitable trust to be allocated by the couple, and agreeing not to host any wedding receptions instead of turning away only select couples.

Know Who’s Cool? Venus and Serena Williams.: Here they are in The New York Times.


Links for Sexy Feminists: A ’50 Shades’ movie, Elizabeth Warren for president, and more …

Could a 50 Shades movie actually be good?: Salon’s Laura Miller says yes.

Elizabeth Warren for president?: Not that we don’t love Warren, but The Atlantic ponders whether the Democratic bench is deep enough to handle the next election.

Congrats, Ms.!: The venerable feminist magazine celebrates its 40th.

Missing Joan and Peggy: The only three types of businesswomen represented in pop culture, according to Bitch.

Slate investigates the history of “witch hunts”: Hey, at least it’s a reference to women’s history!

The New York Times on The Atlantic “have it all” dust-up: A balanced summary of the debate.


Links for Sexy Feminists: Fashionable violence against women, ’50 Shades’ in libraries, and more …

Being Single Can Be Awesome, Your Tango says: Agreed.

Jezebel Analyzes Violence Against Women Disguised as ‘Fashion’: A serious discussion of the history of violent fashion imagery.

Today in Lady Sports News: Venus Williams has achieved the ranking she needs to become a four-time Olympian.

50 Shades of Debate: Should libraries stock the wildly popular, sort-pornographic 50 Shades of Grey? The Washington Post says yes.

Slut-Shaming Dress Codes: High school students stand up for their rights with “Slutty Wednesday.” Jessica Valenti reports for The Nation.


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