WHY THIS WOMAN WOULD RATHER READ HARRY POTTER EROTICA THAN WATCH PORN
When spoken word artist Brenna Twohy tells you that she is an unabashed devotee of all things “Potterotica” — erotic fiction based in the magical universe of Harry Potter — your response probably shouldn’t be that her taste is “unrealistic.”
Watch her full monologue here.
(Source: National Poetry Slam uploaded by Button Poetry)
I’m happy to be getting to the point where I don’t have to feel weird about enjoying fanfiction, or having written a bunch of it. Partly it’s that the fandom experience has become more broadly shared. Partly it’s that I stopped giving a shit.
And as for why I like the porny sort of fanfiction, see above. She says it better.
I like sex with context. I like sex when it involves fully fleshed out characters. I like the backstories. I like feeling like these people do other things when they aren’t having sex.
Also, I’d just like to point out that it is incredibly empowering that thousands upon thousands of women, girls and non-binary folks have rejected an abusive porn industry designed by men and catering to men and benefiting men and instead created a safe space to explore their sexuality on their own terms. Sex with context, sex with characters they know, sex that is approachable and enjoyable to them, and completely without the help of a very small group of men telling them what to like, how to like it and how to feel about their own sexuality.
That is healthy. That is positive. That is glorious. Defend erotic fanfiction and defend the people who read it.