Examining sex for its own sake


Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan point out that “…fantasy, mythology, or reality, romance novels are one of the very few genres that examine sex for its own sake, and explain it often in marvelously precise detail. So while some readers embrace the sexual education inherent in romance novels, and others decry it as perversity, or sexual miseducation, the root of the turgid truth is simple; romances are about intimacy. Intimacy often includes sex.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.” (p.167)


Ref: Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan (2009) Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels. Fireside: New York


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