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Click here for more information on By any other Name – An Erotic Novel of Suppression and Freedom by William Rand

Here is a taste of my new erotic novel from the political side, an excerpt from the nonfiction Introduction, revised for the website Adult Fiction for Thinking Minds:

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By Any Other Name
An erotic novel of suppression and freedom

Copyright 23 November 2011
The UK Copyright Service
Registration number: 341248, Publication date: October 2012

This novel is for those of you with the courage and enlightenment to speak out against all forms of societal oppression, close-mindedness, prejudice and ignorance, and to the freedom fighters from our global history whose courageous and inspiring words are respectfully included herein.
By Any Other Name is dedicated especially to my loving wife Liz Marbella for having the courage, passion and intelligence to rise above all others and show me a better life. Gracias, mi amor, por ayudarme, por apoyarme, por amarme.



“To Portray the Desires
That Perverse Nature Inspires
Is a Criminal Act?”

Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade (2 June 1740–2 December 1814)

“The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.”
Albert Einstein (1879–1955) in a letter to Sigmund Freud, 30 July 1932

“You can’t be afraid of words that speak the truth, even if it’s an unpleasant truth.”
George Carlin (12 May 1937–22 June 2008)
from the album George Carlin “They’re Only Words” (1990)

One might wonder at the necessity of introducing an erotic novel. “Like any other story, just read and enjoy,” a reasonable, thinking person may say. However, social conditions push my interests beyond the idea of my audience reading By Any Other Name: An Erotic Novel of Suppression and Freedom, enjoying the story and, hopefully, becoming intellectually stimulated and sexually aroused along the way. This particular genre prompts other questions which concern me at least as much as the surface structure: the escapism of the erotic fiction. The questions relate to issues of censorship, personal freedom and privacy, as well as social and religious politics in the United States today.

Such issues are exemplified in the case of high school English teacher Judy Buranich who writes erotic novels under the penname “Judy Mays.” In April of 2011, according to the Daily Mail Reporter (30 April 2011) “A group of high school parents have complained to their local education board after discovering a quiet English teacher writes racy, erotic novels when she’s not working with their children.” The Daily Mail Reporter and a half dozen other sources (including the complainers) admit that Mrs. Buranich has nearly twenty-five years of teaching experience and an excellent record. She was, therefore, being persecuted because some parent investigated her on the internet and found that in her private life, away from her job, and under a penname, she writes erotic novels. That seems a violation of her freedom and personal privacy, basic rights historically associated with the United States. I have never been attacked or persecuted in such manner because of the horror novel and stories I have written and published, despite the violent content. Now, however, I am taking the risk of writing a novel in the erotic genre.

In addition to falling within the erotic genre, my novel is politically incorrect at a time in the United States when “political correctness” supersedes most other social and legal concerns in the country and at a time when, consequently, outspoken writers, straight men and social and sexual nonconformists live under constant scrutiny and attack, especially on university campuses. Gary Brodsky says appropriately in The Castration of the American Male (2003): “Men are the ultimate endangered species these days” (6). Anyone familiar with the nearly violent censorship of United States university campus speech codes will know that Brodsky’s statement is not much of an exaggeration. Of course, that should not matter in this context because we are only discussing an erotic novel, and By Any Other Name: An Erotic Novel of Suppression and Freedom is, after all, just an imaginative novel, a story of people who do not exist and events that never happened: fiction, fantasy, a dream, albeit in this case, a sexy one.

We all need dreams to get away from the disappointments, sadness, stress and hardship of reality once in a while. Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) opened her novel The Haunting of Hill House (1959) with that idea: “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.” In his article “Psychoanalysis and Creativity,” (1985) Anthony Storr sees a more complex process at work: “[T]he three activities, play, fantasy, and dreaming, which Freud linked together as escapist . . . can equally well be regarded as adaptive; as attempts to come to terms with reality, rather than escape from it” (53). In any event, dreams and fantasies, even erotic ones, can give us a needed break from life, keep us sane and calm, and help us deal with reality. Unfortunately, many closed-minded, aggressive people not only deny this simple pleasure for themselves but also try to impose their silly restrictions on the rest of us.

I therefore wonder: If I am not censored directly, will my readers have to hide my erotic books? Will they be able to read them without fear or guilt? Can they tell their friends what they are reading? Might someone’s wife chastise or divorce him for reading a novel with elements of oral sex and bondage? Will I be persecuted legally or socially in my home state or country, as is the case with Judy Buranich of Pennsylvania, for writing a fictional book about sex and the BDSM lifestyle, for writing about sex at all? If so, I would not be the first producer of erotic work attacked, and the United States certainly is not the only country to censor and persecute people, mainly straight men, for sexuality, nonconformity or original thinking. Nevertheless, I do not want to wake up to endure Christian fundamentalists or feminists, with nothing better to do, picketing my home; neither do I relish the likelihood of being imprisoned because of an interpretation of obscenity due to living or working in a restrictive, closed-minded “community.” However, despite the strong, graphic sex scenes and language, I suspect–through experience–that people will attack me more because of my social politics and anti-political correctness scenes, plot and characters than for the anal sex or erotic whippings and spanking in the novels. Readers may, therefore, understand why I am writing this in a free country, outside the United States, and why issues of liberty and prejudice frequently appear in my sex novel.

As a reader, do these issues occur to you? Would your community, in a supposedly free country, ostracize you for reading, or imprison you for simply buying a graphic, sex novel or video? How horribly archaic does it seem that in modern, democratic societies, we can be criticized, investigated, imprisoned and condemned for reading, writing, speaking, viewing a film or a website, for thinking? That arrogant, fearful and suppressive perspective seems a justification to arrest people for car theft because they watched the film Gone in Sixty Seconds. Of course that would never happen because in the United States, having sex and reading or watching erotica or speaking critically of feminist aggression are the worse and more feared crimes, from the perspective of the U.S. government, feminists and Christians, apparently. Anyone who thinks it an exaggeration should spend some time on a United States university campus and see what happens to any straight men who verbally oppose social dogma.

I am Catholic but not too blind to see the stupidity of Christian ideology: using vulgar language, reading books or watching movies that portray people having sex, even couples sex, is seen as immoral or criminal, but conversely, reading books or watching movies about people stealing cars, robbing banks or hurting and killing other people constitutes legal and acceptable entertainment. Not that I have anything against vulgar language or violence in fiction; I don’t. I write horror novels too. Nevertheless, I know censorship, cultural inconsistency and hypocrisy when I see it. These Christians must be the same ones with the silly idea that the Harry Potter books and movies comprise some sort of devil worship. I always taught my students to withhold judgment until reading or viewing a work in its entirety. Don’t set your opinion on the trailer. Yet evidently, according to our moral leaders—the Religious Right—stabbing someone to death in a movie seems to be okay as long as the characters don’t do it naked or say fuck or shit or pinche or chingar while killing…and aren’t witches. That seems illogical but perfectly consistent with religious history that seems less concerned with how we treat each other and more concerned with how we think and speak.

Controlling speech and writing is a first step in controlling thought. The writer, comedian and social critic George Carlin (1937–2008) says in “They’re Only Words” (1990): “Religion is nothing but mind control.” I would qualify that with a specific reference to organized religion, as Frederick Douglass (1818-18985), in his autobiography, differentiates between “the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ” and the “partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land.” In that sense, criticizing people for the words they use or the private lifestyle they choose would then be crucial to the contemporary Christian ideology “of this land” as it applies to the never spoken intention of not only mind control and censorship but social domination. At least in the BDSM lifestyle, domination and submission occur as a matter of choice. People should have the freedom to do as they please at least in the privacy of their own homes, including writing, viewing or participating in erotica. In addition, neither nudity nor any type of faithful, monogamous sex nor any word choice (aside from lying and taking The Lord’s name in vain) is forbidden in the Ten Commandments, a basis of Christian doctrine, but prohibitions against stealing and killing are cited. I ask you: Does there seem to be a conflict in ideology here, perhaps a measure of hypocrisy?

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3 responses

31 03 2013

Couldn’t almost any institution with an agenda (and that’s just about all of them) be considered a form of “mind control.” This is limited to religion. All forms of entertainment – TV, Music and the publishing industry all tell us what is popular, what to believe and what to think. Religious voices are ultimately just another voice in the crowd.

31 03 2013

Couldn’t almost any institution with an agenda (and that’s just about all of them) be considered a form of “mind control?” This isn’t limited to religion. All forms of entertainment – TV, Music and the publishing industry all tell us what is popular, what to believe and what to think. Religious voices are ultimately just another voice in the crowd. (Whoops – I hit “reply too early!)

31 03 2013
Rob S.

Kudos for this page! “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.” ~ Bob Marley

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