I’m not a SLUT, Part 2

I had such an incredible reader response from the sentiment in my last post that I was blown away. I guess I’m not the only reader/writer of romance who feels slighted/insulted/infuriated by  people and media outlets who label us as stupid, naive, delusional or…slutty. Believe me, the VERY LAST thing I am now or ever have been is slutty! It’s laughable to even imagine it.

But in all seriousness, the lousy rap we as writers and readers of romance get is ridiculous.  Multi-published, award winning author Jill Shalvis recently put up this post:

“Was at a independent bookstore where I couldn’t find the romance section. When I asked, the clerk said they get so few requests for “those” books that they had only a small section on the third floor in the back. Huh. It’s been a long time since I got that kind of reaction. And here I thought romance was cool again but maybe not everywhere…” 

That says a great deal about the mind workings of book sellers. My thought is that perhaps that store gets such a small amount of requests for “those” books is because of “that” attitude!

I find myself frequently put in the position of defending the genre I write and read in. I’ve had women in their 20’s giggle at me because I’m “too old to read books like that.” I’ve had women my age tell me to “act your age and read serious literature.” I’ve had women at church look like they’d like to brand me with a big, scarlet R.

Really?

Until the day I go to the big library in the sky I will be a LOUD advocate for romance reading and romance writers, and I know I am not the only one. I state proudly and unequivocally  that I write it, read it, enjoy it, and promote authors/readers who do the same.

Who’ll stand up with me?

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