Introduction to “Chase and Other Stories”
You hold in your hand a slim volume that is a delightfully varied sampler from a genre of fiction that continues to puzzle, fascinate, and outrage readers all over the globe. This, my friend, is homoerotica written by women (usually), for women (usually) that features men having sex with other men (and sometimes women, aliens, elves, and furries).
Why, the critics of this type of erotica ask, would heterosexual (usually) women want to want to write and read about gay sex? And there’s the problem. Women writing homoerotica for other women are treading an unbeaten path, but do have the author of “Brokeback Mountain,” Annie Proulx as their idol. If Ms. Proulx can get her story published in the New Yorker and made into a major motion picture, what’s to stop other women from writing homoerotica? As hardly needs to be pointed out, male-male pairings featuring two objects of female desire going at it like crazed weasels with no competing females in sight are an optimal fantasy scenario for fans of this genre. Perhaps if we called it “hot two boy action” instead of homoerotica even people at truck stops could better understand the appeal.
Other writers have looked at homoerotica as an expression of women’s dissatisfaction with the inequalities of conventional heterosexual relationships. In male-male pairs no one has to automatically be the one-down partner because of their gender. Personality, intelligence, and ability all take greater precedence in the on-going competitions to determine who is the more dominant partner. In the stories in this volume, you’ll find that there is a lot of ink devoted to such playful (and sometimes not so playful) negotiations. I was particularly interested to find so many of these stories were set in academia or peopled with academics. The constant shift and play between which partner is student and which is teacher is a vital part of the dynamics of each of these stories.
Finally, homoerotica written by women also appeals to readers simply because it is taboo. Nice girls don’t write about men having anal sex and fellating each other – nice girls write about home décor and having babies. But, as you will see in this collection, nice girls do and do so very well. These writers bring their own romantic and romance writer sensibilities to each situation and character without getting (too) mushy. In several of these stories, writers push themselves to put unlikely partners together in even more unlikely situations. Part of the fun in these stories is having the “Oh, no! They couldn’t possibly…!” reaction, only to read on and find, “but, oh yes, they did!” This erotica playfully thumbs its nose at conventional morality, tastefulness, and all other things that proper young ladies are supposed to happily accept as their lot.
So, dear reader, gird your loins to enjoy this collection of audaciously erotic fictions. Enter into the fun and games with each of these pairs of lovers as they battle with brains and other assorted body parts to outwit, outlast, and out delight each other. Why do we love homoerotica written by women? After you finish this book, let me know.
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