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Over the past couple of years, I've read some adult fiction genre stories that contains content that I wouldn't consider appropriate for certain readers. For example, in Sarah Gruen's "Water For Elephants", there's strong profanity (the F word included), and even nudity and certain naughty words, such as the P word that ends with "enis".

There's a lot of content in many books, games, and movies out there that I wouldn't consider appropriate. Excessive profanity, nudity, sex, bathroom humour, etc. There are also stories and other forms of fiction that contain content that many people depending on gender and age would find offensive, including things that are sexist, misogynistic, unethical, or racist.

Frankly, I don't understand why authors, filmmakers, and game designers put this sort of content in their work. What is the point? Why use it? After all, look at all the movies on rottentomatoes with excessive bathroom humour and the low ratings they got!

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If you find it offensive don't read or watch it. Authors write those books because those are the books they want to write, and because they sell. (The first point being most important.)

In other news: Penis is a naughty word? How did you survive High School education?
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well in the book, there was a scene where the protagonist walked in on a clown while he had a porno book in one hand and his penis in the other.
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Well, like the TV advert over here in the UK, I wouldn't write a scene where the guy getting arrested by the cops yells:

"Oh, you brutes, those cuffs really do chafe, officer."

And for a BDSM scene, I wouldn't write that either:

"Oh, you brute, those cuffs really do chafe, love -- hmm, officer, I meant officer."

To be honest, the content tags to a book are there for a reason and it surprises me sometimes how readers don't check them. As an author who writes erotica/erotic romance, we let the more mainstream reader know what's in a book. So it's not like we hide what we write and jump out of bushes, overcoats 'n' all, saying "'Ere, want a copy of this, luv?"

With the synchronic v diachronic changes to lexis, I wouldn't expect a modern-day man to stand there holding his "manhood", I'd opt for 'cock', 'dick', 'shaft' etc depending on the speaker. I don't say 'cock' in my everyday life (not being a mother with a small kid around all day, although on the semantic side, I will say "You all right, cock."), but I love the kick of those consonants in erotica and erotic romance.
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Originally Posted by DwayneA View Post
There's a lot of content in many books, games, and movies out there that I wouldn't consider appropriate.
With the single exception of books, everything on that list comes with a rating. The rating is there to tell you how "concerned" you need to be- and will always tell you why the rating exists. Like I said earlier, if you don't want to be offended by it, don't get involved with it.

Books are different- but they will also tell you which genre they are in. They will also have something on the back cover, the inside cover, or the first page, to tell you the basic concept of the book- and that will definitely give you an idea if it's going to have any of the things that offend you.

The reason they write those books, or make any of the other forms of media, is simply that they want to and those sell. Maybe, as the case with the type of stories Whiskers writes, only to a niche group of people, but they still sell.
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