A$$ on Fire

 

Ass on fire. It’s what happens when you eat those really, really hot peppers like Red Savina, Scotch Bonnet and Carolina Reaper. I actually grow a couple of those in pots on my front porch.

What? TMI? Bet I had you going there for a minute, huh?

No this blog isn’t about my pepper growing skills. It has nothing to do with peppers at all. It’s pretty much focused on lesfic, romance to be clear, and the hot women we like to read about on our kindles or listen to in audiobooks.

The tall model thin women with long flowing hair and an irresistible smile with just enough vulnerability.

The handsome, sexy butch who makes you swoon with her sweetness, her biceps, and her ability to lay it down well in the bedroom.

The brunette, the blonde, the redhead with blue, green and/or soulful brown eyes.

You know what I’m talking about. Those characters in lesbian romances that are so fucking hot on paper that they make you fan yourself when reading about them. Don’t get me wrong, we love them because they’re smart, funny, strong and independent as well.

Yet, they still have to be hot or rather society’s perception of the term, depending on how the individual reader was socialized.  It almost sounds like we’re objectifying women!

C’mon! Some of us kinda do. When we see pics or gifs of Cate Blanchett, Sandra Oh, Dominique Provost-Chalkley (those abs), Kat Barrell, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Nafessa Williams and Maisie Richardson-Sellers just to name a few or ten, what do we as queer women do? Be honest now. Look at them.

 

Uh-huh.

It’s what Hollywood baits us with on television and in movies so it seems natural for it to seep into lesfic as well. Beauty and sex sell. They are also part of that crucial formula that culminates in escapism. Some readers want the excitement of larger than life characters who have perfect bodies, perfect teeth, and when they finally get together by page ninety nine, it’s perfect because they couldn’t keep their perfect hands off of each other anyway.

Say that three times fast.

I get it. I really do, and as a writer of lesbian romance I’ve been known to go along with the trend. Hell, I’ve been known to read it too. Some want women like them and others want to be them. There is nothing wrong with any of it. We’re all entitled to whatever, so calm down. I’m not calling anybody out. I’d have to throw myself out there on front street too. I think I’ve probably done that enough this year.

Here’s the deal though.

There’s a part of me who’s a realist. I think people can probably tell by the characters I create in what I call down to earth romances. So, when I think about that aspect of my personality, I look at myself.

I’m a tall brown woman with long hair, locs to be exact.

My smile is okay. I know nothing about cars, or tools, and I scream at the sight of spiders.

I’m nowhere near thin. I’m not even thin adjacent.

I’m smart, funny, and intelligent, but about seventy five percent of the time I’m an asshole. In other words, I’m a work in progress even though it’s been forty five years. Guess what? Someone fell in love with me. To be honest ever since I came out, I’ve never lacked for companionship or girlfriends despite society’s perception of beauty.

The realist in me wants to read about a person who looks like me, acts like me and so on. The realist in me wants to write about women like me.

Why don’t I write about them?

Why don’t some of the other lesfic authors?

I can’t answer for them, but as for me, I don’t because it’s kinda scary. I’m not brave enough yet.

However, I’ve had a similar fear before when I thought my characters had to be white by default. Don’t get me wrong:  some of it was ignorance, but there was a healthy dose of fear as well.

I wanted to sell. Good thing I got over that.

I think, in time, I’ll probably get over this whole perfection thing too.

 

You can catch KD Williamson on her own website/blog.   Her Cops and Docs Series as well as her novella Pink are available on Amazon or at Ylva.

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7 comments

    • LOL phew its good to know I won’t need to be done by then. I think by 75 I should be at about 50 percent! Thanks for reading and enjoying my work.

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  1. I hope you do get over the perfection thing, and I hope other writers do too (and readers as well). First, because I’m into my 50s now and I’d much prefer to read about women my own age. But also because I never knew I could be attracted to a curvy woman until I was actually with a curvy woman and can I just say… RAWRRRRRRRRRAWWWRRRRR. I’ll never go back LOL. We all have our own ideas of what perfection is, but more than anything I just like reading about all sorts of different kinds and types of women who have a variety of shapes and sounds and feels and smells and colors and textures. I want to read about them all.

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    • LOL I like you. Yes I think I will probably get over it really soon. I’m in my late 40’s however I’m not a mature person lol so when I become one maybe I’ll have a better grasp on things. As for curvy women yes! I love a woman like that but like you I do love them all.

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  2. Enjoyed your article very much! I want to read about brown womyn who aren’t skinny.

    So, as Sara Bareilles says, “Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out honestly. I wanna see you be brave!”

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    • Thanks for the vote of confidence. I’ll def work on it. Cheers to thinking and writing outside the box

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