06 Apr '13
LGBT Event Day 6 : Louisa Bacio on The Complexity of F/F Relationships plus a Giveaway
Not one relationship fits all, and when writing a F/F story, one needs to think about the complexity of relationships. While M/M continues to gain popularity, it seems like lesbian/bisexual fictions remains more of a niche genre. Within the realm lie more simple stories of women falling in love, to rich in-depth affairs.
The thesis for my master’s in communications dealt with teenagers in abusive relationships. At that time, I was surprised to learn of the high rate of abuse in same-sex partnerships, and especially lesbian ones.
“About 17-45% of lesbians report having been the victim of a least one act of physical violence perpetrated by a lesbian partner (1,5,6,13),” according to Suzana Rose, Ph.D., from the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center (http://www.musc.edu/vawprevention/lesbianrx/factsheet.shtml).
KT Grant explores this dynamic in her erotic romance Sleeping with the Frenemy. What appears to start out as BDSM turns unhealthy, dark and violent. A negative review I read picked at the violence. Unfortunately, it happens in real life.
In my F/F erotic novel Sex University: All-Girls’ Academy, I look at breaking down stereotypes, and prejudice. Here’s an excerpt:
Raised by an over-controlling and manipulative father, Savannah “Van” Morgan flees the East Coast for the West, seeking sanctuary with her Aunt Lucy, headmistress of San Francisco Sex University. Rather than staying at the main campus, Van enrolls in SFSU’s more nurturing “sister” school, the All-Girls Academy. After visiting the main campus of SFSU, Margaret “Maggie” O’Neil hangs up her police badge in search of new experiences and hoping to awaken her own dormant sexuality.
With subject matters such as an “Art Sex-education” class with an Italian visiting professor who’s more than happy to schedule private tutoring after-hours, the All-Girls Academy invites all sorts of sexual exploration. In the end, Van and Maggie will either fall victim to the pressures of society, or come together to save each other.
Out of the corner of her eye, Savannah noticed two men pointing at them, and laughing. She hadn’t seen them before, and thought that maybe they had come in recently.
“Always knew Marge was packing more heat than most men,” one of the guys said crudely and loudly, giving a punch to his buddy’s arm in good measure.
Across from her, Maggie noticeably tensed up. Her face reddened, and the vein along the side of Maggie’s temple throbbed. She brought her cloth napkin up from her lap, balled in her fist, and set it on the table.
“Do they know you?” Savannah asked, glancing over to the offending table.
“So what’s a fine filly like that piece of ass cost you, Mags?” the other guy said even louder.
An audible scrape brought shivers down Savannah’s back as Maggie pushed her chair away from the table and stood up.
Savannah reached out, watching her hand making a grab for Maggie’s, right when Maggie pulled hers off the table. Their eyes met, and Savannah recognized the years of pent-up aggression. Maggie had only briefly mentioned the tenuous relationship that she had with most of the men on the force. Savannah had filled in the rest of the blanks herself.
“Leave it,” Savannah pleaded once more.
Maggie shook her head in the negative and then turned toward the bar.
Even reading it now, years later, an uneasy feeling rests in the pit of my stomach. Since those issues exist within life, I didn’t want to ignore it. The real-life dynamic adds another level to the characterization.
So why write same-sex fiction? My current release, Mirabella’s Mardi Gras Ménage features a F/F/M threesome. When the story started out, I didn’t plan the F/F aspect, but simply wrote to the characters. Next up? Hot Ink Press will feature my short story “The Drummer Princess” in their upcoming anthology Fetish Fairy Tales. You should see what she does with her drumsticks.
Constantly under the watchful eye of her Voodoo priestess aunt, Mirabella longs to break free during the events of Mardi Gras.
Escapades draw her into the arms of Marguerite, a fiery redhead with a passion for life, and Nick, a familiar vampire who’s haunted by his transformation and past.
What starts as a new experience – a Mardi Gras Ménage – soon turns deadly, and none of their lives will ever be the same.
Many thanks to Nix for hosting this diverse event.
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