Beware, Rant Follows

by | January 24, 2019 | Writing Craft, Writing Exercise | 3 comments

Okay, I have to admit that I’m ticked off and it’s all Lisabet’s fault. Well its not actually Lisabet’s fault, she just wrote a blog post Consent and Complicity that got me fired up.

If you haven’t read it, take a minute and look it up. You should be able to click the link above to view it.

My problem is simply this, why are writers of erotica treated differently than writers of any other genre and their stories have to conform to different rules than others.

My top peeve is the use of rubbers in erotic stories. Why do we need a condom, will you get an STD from reading? Do we need to promote safe sex? Why?

Did Dirty Harry use blanks in his 44 Magnum, well did he punk?

Are James Patterson’s characters all nice Sunday school teachers, well hell no!

So why can other writers write murder and mayhem without any thought to their character’s safety? Is it written anywhere that we have to play nice? I’m mad and I’m not going to take this any longer!

When you read a fictional story, most people read to be entertained and a means to escape to another world for a few minutes. Well, and if you read one of my stories, I hope you get off also.

I don’t have any lofty ideals about my stories, I write stroke, plain and simple but that’s not the whole story.

An erotic story by definition is to entertain and stimulate the reader, not to teach a lesson. Unless that’s the actual intent of the story.

I never use a condom in a story because I think that the reader needs to imagine the feeling of bare skin on skin, not plastic rubbing together. The story is not going to somehow infect us but if you’re worried about it try spraying your books with Lysol.

I doubt that you can find very many people who would rather have sex with a rubber than bareback. Especially in today’s world, where we are constantly concerned about some disease such as Ebola, AIDS, Hep C, or some other God-awful thing that might make your dick fall off.

By the same token, if the thought of pseudo-rape or non-con scenes turns your crank, then why can’t we read that? If Stephen King can torture and kill people in his stories without raising an eyebrow, why can’t we have someone put clothespins on our nipples?

Personally, I’m not into pain but I know a number of people who really get off on it. That doesn’t mean that you have to read/write a story involving a flogger but you should have the right if you want to.

According to authors who use a conventional publishing house and have to deal with editors, there is often the comments that the editor makes them tone down their story to be sure it doesn’t offend someone.

That’s why I like to satisfy myself and my readers, not some editor somewhere, which self-publishing gives you that ability.

Freedom of speech doesn’t protect speech you like; it protects speech you don’t like,” Larry Flynt of Hustler Magazine.

Larry Archer

Larry Archer is an author of explicit erotica stories, primarily stroke material but with a plot (I'd like to think). I write about swingers, girl-on-girl, cuckold/Hotwife couples, strip clubs, some BDSM, and everything bareback in a light-hearted humorous style. I've been writing smut for a little over five years and think I have a decent aptitude for it. Wifey and I are in "The Lifestyle" and use our adventures as a basis for a lot of the stories I have written. My motto is "Erotica from the dirty mind of Larry Archer," which pretty much says it all. I enjoy writing dirty smut stories, which are full of people doing things to each other that are probably against the law somewhere. My audience also includes a lot of women, which has always surprised me as I consider my porn more for guys. But it seems that a lot of women like stories about consensual no strings attached (NSA) sex, which are always HEA. My erotica is basically written in a realistic escapism style, which allows you to fantasize about scenes, which most people will never experience. While somewhat extreme at times, the storyline is never so far-fetched that you can't imagine it actually happening, especially with people we know. A lot of my stories revolve around a swinger couple, who owns a strip club in Vegas and sound suspiciously like us! While the choice to write ourselves into our stories, was probably a poor decision at the time, I initially started out writing about our life experiences and our alter egos, Foxy and Larry, took on a life of their own. I typically write Novellas or stories in the 20 to 60,000-word category. My writing style is like that of Stephen King, where I turn the characters lose between my ears and just write down what they do, as the story plays out in my mind. I'm just a scribe who stands in the background and copies everything down that the perverts say and do while trying not to get anything splashed on my keyboard. Probably different from a lot of writers, I do not have an English or Literature background. My training is in engineering and computer programming, which if you know engineers you realize that we struggle with proper English. But I'd like to think that my stories are reasonably well put together and readable. I've published 20 stories to date, which have all been typically 4-5 star rated. I self-publish and do all my own covers, so I'm a one-stop shop, with nobody to blame but myself. I publish on Amazon, SmashWords, Excessica, Apple, B&N, Kobo, Excitica, as well as a number of others. Visit me at to contact me or learn more about my stories here


  1. Lisabet Sarai

    Great quote from Larry Flynt.

    I don’t really understand why the standards for literature that is sexually oriented are so different from other sorts of genre fiction. I mean, WHY does sex get people so upset? It’s healthy, fun, and occasionally mind-expanding. It’s natural! Yet it makes people SO uncomfortable, so angry, so judgmental.

    Why can’t people just mind their own business? If I write smut, how does it hurt anyone? Anyone at all?


    • Larry Archer

      Agree, Lisabet, our puritanical upbringing makes us this way is the only reason I can think of. While I’ve never studied it, I would assume that the US of A suffers from more rapes, sexual assaults, and nutjobs with a gun than any other place. Well possibly with the exception of several mid-Eastern countries who are even more uptight about women.

      Sex is dirty and nasty but that’s why I like it! Women have it and we guys need to get it and that’s the way it’s always been. Men are put on a pedestal for all their sexual conquests but women are labeled sluts.

      When we first started swinging, it was weird to have a woman ask you for sex. I was always used to being the aggressor and not the target. Once my wife asked me why I partied with a girl as her comment was, “She’s not your type, did she do something special?” My response was, “I didn’t know how to tell her no.” LOL

  2. Rose

    Hey, Larry, you’re definitely preaching to the choir here. Agree with everything you said and love the Larry Flynt quote.

    I have to say that I have zero tolerance for adults who strut around telling other adults (completely consenting adults) what they should or shouldn’t be allowed to write and/or read and/or do. They’re like parents who say, “I won’t have that filth in my house.” (Filth meaning anything they don’t like, whether it “Lady Chatterley’s Love” or “16” magazine.. (And yes, when I was in my mid-teens, my own mother ripped up my secret stash of “16” magazines, in front of me and threw them in the garbage, because they were “trash” and that’s where they belonged. My response, even now that I’m in my late 60s, to that same attitude is still the same — I want to smack them upside the head with a cricket bat and tell them to fuck off and stop trying to tell me that they know what’s better for me than I do.

    Okay, that’s my rant response to your rant. Hot button issue for me, obviously. I’m so totally on the same page as you.

    Rose 😉

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