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In Where I Get Serious About Being An Adult

How can I post salacious images of nearly naked men and at the same time share articles encouraging parents to have conversations with their children about not objectifying women?

We—here on this page, in this “Club”—are adults. We should have the brain power to make the judgment of seeing photographs of willing adults posing and actively involved in the appreciation of the human body. We aren’t immune to looking at men or women and not appreciate what we see.

The body is beautiful. There’s a reason we look upon certain body types and certain parts of our body warm and tingle. And it’s not the same for everyone. My husband is short; I like short (and tall) guys. Some women like only men taller than 6 feet. Some women like hairy men, men with Buddha bellies, men with dark skin, men with light skin. Some women like women.

The human brain is hard-wired to appreciate and be turned on by their sexual partner. It’s how we mate; it’s our baser urges.

Smut Book Club is a distraction from reality. It’s here for women (and a few men) to escape the reality of our real life and live the fantasy lives of others. 

Part of that fantasy is using our eyes to see, not just to read. We are adults. We are not teenagers who don’t quite yet understand where the line of decency or morality lies.

Our children are not meant to read the books we read, to be exposed to the sexual extravagances we fantasize about. Our children should be learning about their own sexuality from their own experiences, guided by the lessons we teach them as their parents. Our children should not be looking at the photographs of nearly naked men in salacious poses.

But it happens. My own 9-year-old daughter has looked over my shoulder when I was on the search for the next photo to post on the Smut Book Club Facebook page and Twitter. She’s seen the images of men in their underwear and asked me straight out: “Mommy… Why are you looking at pictures of men in their underwear?”

I told her honestly: “Because I like to. Because people’s bodies are beautiful.”

She’s the same kid who says, “Ewwww GROSS! Panties!” when we walk by the lingerie section at Target, and “I saw that guys butt crack!” when she walks by a 1/2-dressed mannequin.

She’s also the most prudish 9-year-old kid I know.

Not that it’s a bad thing; but I realize raising her to have positive body image for herself and others is an uphill battle.

I am doing what I think is right to raise my daughters to appreciate their own bodies and those of others, and at the same time I am sharing photographs of nearly-naked men on my “Book Club” website and social media sites to extend the fantasies of myself and my fellow readers.

To me, it can all be done safely and smartly. We can look and appreciate.

Hi. My name is Angie, and I’m a social-media-and-smut-book-reading addict. Hi…Angie… I’ve been working hard on the magical internet since 2006 when I retired from teaching elementary school to stay at home with my two baby girls. Now, I am a smut peddler. You can follow my nonsense on Twitter and Facebook. Simply, I’m just a girl, looking at the book world, asking it to love her.

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11 thoughts on “In Where I Get Serious About Being An Adult

  1. Stacie

    Well said, I could not agree more. I LOVE the books you talk about and the pictures you post. Both are much appreciated. Thank You for taking the time to do it. LOVE your blog!!!

  2. Heather Reed

    Clapping my hands!!! Thank you!! This is exactly what I do with my own children. Cheers to you my friend!!! Hugs

  3. Rachel

    I love the pics!! These are men that have dedicated themselves to having the perfect bodies. I can certainly appreciate what they have done to look like they look, so I feel like I’m doing them a favor by drooling over them. ;)

  4. Rebecca

    Well said! Frankly, people just need to grow up. If you don’t like it don’t read it, look at it, etc. I appreciate the fact that there are others out there that enjoy what I enjoy to read, etc. I love the site, and keep it up because everything you have recommended has been has been worth the read. Also, the pics are great! I love the eye candy and it makes my day so keep it up! My nieces are very similar to your daughter and just laugh at their Aunt, but I tell them that one day they will also appreciate the pics. Keep it up!!

  5. Grace Q

    Angie, I love your website and everything you post on it. I too have a 9-year-old daughter and they are at that age where puberty is coming soon and we need to be so careful and mold them into young ladies, with high self esteem, so they will be able to live their lives and have their own experiences. We can’t protect them forever, but we can give them the tools to make the right decisions. I also agree that reading the books we read is an escape or a break from reality, because honestly, most of the characters we read about are so different and opposite from our own realities, but being a soccer Mom is something I wouldn’t change for the world, taking care of our family and raising our kids to send them to a society where they will face many obstacles is a full time job in addition to our other jobs. Thank you for sharing, and please continue to bring us so many woderful reviews of the books we love to read!

  6. Desiree

    I completely agree with your comments and love the pics. I don’t have young children at home anymore, but applaud you for your honesty with your daughter.

    The guys are so hot and sexy – Ah to dream …

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