Women who read romance novels have an unrealistic idea of what love is. As a result, they're more likely to engage in risky sex. At least that's what's been published in Britian's Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. Their latest study blames erotic fiction for endangering the emotional and sexual well-being of women worldwide.
Give me a break and a side of credit too. Romance novels don't provide women with unrealistic expectations of love any more than greeting card commercials or sappy songs by Bryan Adams. Do you think we just landed yesterday?
British advice columnist and relationship psychologist Susan Quilliam might actually think we did (land yesterday). Her claims? Romance novels create the illusion of women being awakened to love and not aware of their own needs. They encourage women to have ravenous, unsafe, cheating heart sex.
Something tells me she needs an orgasm.
Smart bitches read trashy books, and they read them because they enjoy being swept away. It is erotic fiction after all, not erotic fact. Romance novels are for escapism, same as going to the movies. And even if a romance junkie finds lust-filled men sexy, most smart-enough women know that Prince Charming does not appear with shoe, pumpkin carriage, and the happily ever after.
Worse yet, the study (published a few weeks ago) uses, as evidence, 78 examples of romance novels published between the years 1981-1996. The romance novel industry raked in upwards of $1.36 billion in sales in 2009, but yet, the most recent research cited is still 15 years old!
Romance novels do fall short in dealing with the real ups and downs in romance. But that's because they're supposed to.
Does a romance novel affect how you perceive your real life relationship?
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