I talked about safe sex and its place in erotic romance during my blog tour. It generated some great comments and interesting perspectives. I thought I would raise another, perhaps controversial topic. It’s something I think about as soon as my heroine’s clothes start to come off.
Hair or not? You know, down there. I like to be very descriptive with my love scenes, utilizing the senses and describe particularly how the characters are touching each other, what they see, what they feel. I like to write in the hero's Point of View (POV) and describe the heroine through his eyes during this period of maximum vulnerability. I kinda feel like it has to come up, even if it’s only briefly.
I currently write contemporary romance and I also want to accurately reflect the sentiments and customs that are today. Let’s face it, most women shave or wax to some degree, but it is common with younger women to be completely bare these days. There’s probably a number of reasons: to accommodate briefer clothing and swimwear, for comfort and appearance, and to heighten sexual pleasure. Most guys don’t want to have to use a toothpick after…you know. LOL.
Of course, it also depends on the heroine and it has to absolutely be consistent with her character. In Picture This, Jillian has a ‘shaving accident’ so I have a little fun with it, but with each of my stories, I do think carefully about this aspect of the heroine, what it says about her character and her outlook, and how I’ll reflect it in book, particularly the more intimate scenes.
So, what about you? Do you have certain expectations in this area? Is it just something that can pull you out of the story? Is it something you even think about?