The "C" Word
I've had a few friends mention their dislike of the "c" word (cunt, for those who don't know). I can totally understand and agree with their distaste of the word. We all have our boundaries. It's usually used as a curse, insult, or in a derogatory light in literature, on television, and in real life.
I never used to use the word in my writing and don't include it in my M/F "scorching" titles. However, I admit, I do use it in my menage books from time to time. Perhaps that's one of the many reasons they are all labelled "sextreme".
Here's the disclaimer for sextreme books from Siren Publishing:
SEXTREME: Erotic audience.
Extreme sex scenes
Many instances of unconventional sex
No holds barred in sexual language
Not for the faint-hearted
Definitely will offend most readers
That list pretty much says it all. If you buy a book that's sextreme, be prepared for the worst and expect the "c" word and many other naughty bits. Still, the readership for these books is massive, so there are obviously women out there who don't have a problem with the "c" word. I never use the word as a curse or negatively in my writing. Like any other woman, if a guy dared to call me a cunt, his balls would be pom-poms on the tips of my pointy-toed leather boots.
I add it for variety because pussy can get stale if used too much. That's right. It's just one of those things that can really add that extra oomph to an erotic scene if done right. When things get down, dirty and nasty, my heroines' don't mind hearing or saying the word. It turns them on, fuels their libido, and encourages them to embrace their darker side.
For curiosity, I checked my manuscripts.
My upcoming sequel to Saving Grace, Taming Jenna, has the highest number at nine occurrences. Hmmm
Anyway, feel free to post your opinion.