@bookbinge: Dear Authors: I haven’t met a man alive who thinks of nipples as “berries”, ripe, pink, succulent or otherwise. Very distracting to read.
I saw this in my Twitter stream and decided to share my thoughts about it in far more than 140 characters.
Does it really matter what men think? Or more accurately, how they word things?
It’s not really men that read romance or write it. Sure, their numbers have raised in both aspects, but the person most likely reading a romance is a woman.
A sex scene is designed to reflect feminine tastes. It is meant to give us what we want and is written the way we would word things.
Ripe berries is of course a metaphor for erect tits. Both have their place. The first in mainstream romance, the second in erotica romance.
I suspect ripe berries and the like are found as they are in historical romances and in several contemporaries because they give the story a romantic slant. We get erect tits in real life, why do we want it in every one of our books?
In normal situations we’d slap a guy for saying or even thinking of our tits (unless it’s our intention to show them off). It’s crude and rude. Ripe berries is poetic and if you forgive the pun, sweeter. In a way it shows respect and manners, two things all heroes must show.
When it comes to the male pov in romance, it is supplanted in some ways by the feminine gaze. These ways are shown by word choices, actions, and expressed feelings. We are reading our fantasies, where do men fit in?
Well… that’s a bit obvious. Ahem. Evil grin.
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