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Can men write good lesbian erotica? (shouldn't be NSFW)

Asked by elbanditoroso (29661points) 2 weeks ago

There are a couple of literary erotica websites around – the one I am thinking of has various sub-sections: Romance, Sci Fi, Loving Wives, Incest, First Time, and so on.

For most of the categories, both women and men are authors – you really can’t tell the author’s gender unless you make an effort to do so – the writing doesn’t include a lot of tells.

But the Lesbian sub-section – almost all stories are written by women. Why is that?

Can men write good lesbian erotica?

For that matter, can women write quality gay male erotica?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

Write about what you know

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Let me try.

The lady’s watched as the man did the dishes slow and gentle.
Then he threw the garbage out, quickly and without complaint, DURING overtime in a playoff game.
He dusted all the parts including the bookshelves and venetian blinds sensuously.
Then he ordered take out, and had no need to do dishes tonight.
Before bed he gave her a massage, and not an erotic one.
They then went to sleep, while giving her the majority of the duvet.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@RedDeer That’s a churchgoing housewife fantasy. Erotica is NSFW for sure.

@elbanditoroso I think maybe being in the same mental and physical form of your subject could definately have benefits in writing erotica.

I read quite a bit and have a small collection, only one is written by a male. Women seem to stay within a certain mental boundary, even in erotica.
Anais Nin is one of my favorites.

rebbel's avatar

“’Love her,’ said Jacqueline, with vehemence, ‘love her and let her love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters? And how long, at the best, can it last, since you are both women and still have everywhere to go? Only five minutes, I assure you, only five minutes, and most of that, helas! in the dark. And if you think of them as dirty, then they will be dirty— they will be dirty because you will be giving nothing, you will be despising your flesh and hers. But you can make your time together anything but dirty, you can give each other something which will make both of you better—forever—if you will not be ashamed, if you will only not play it safe.’ She paused, watching me, and then looked down to her cognac. ‘You play it safe long enough,’ she said, in a different tone, ‘and you’ll end up trapped in your own dirty body, forever and forever and forever—like me.’ But this time when I touched her something happened in her and in me which made this touch different from any touch either of us had ever known.”

James Baldwin.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@rebbel Check out Delta of Venus by Anais Nin. 1931.
Anne Rocquelaire aka Anne Rice has a Sleeping Beauty sub-dom collection that’s also interesting.

ragingloli's avatar

Well, most of Yaoi fanfiction is thought to be made by women, so there is that.

gorillapaws's avatar

I think it would probably require the author to have done extensive reading of works written by women in the genre. If so, I think a good author could pull it off, after all “good artists copy, great artists steal.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t think so. It would be written from a man’s perspective….and fantasy….of what lesbians are all about.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I don’t know. But it seems to me that I have as many erotic fantasies about women as any lesbian around. I was thinking that a man might write lesbian erotica that other men at least might find fun reading. But now that I think about it, compared to the women I know, men just don’t read any fiction.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Why not? Men love women and their bodies. Lesbians love women and their bodies. It’s not such a stretch to think that men could write excellent erotica for lesbians.

Of course, dudes will create female characters that resemble supermodels…

@RedDeerGuy1 Fabulous answer, and I wish I could upvote it multiple times.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t know if men can have fantasies that don’t involve their penis.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Not so. It isn’t the thought of a penis that turns me on. Not even my own.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s not what I meant.

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