Just Call it a Cock, Please by Tiffany Reisz
I love cocks.
Sorry. Was that inappropriate? Don’t care.
My name is Tiffany Reisz, and I write erotica. And yes, that is my real name. And no, my parents aren’t dead. Luckily, however, they do stay off the Internet most of the time.
Lucy and I emailed back and forth a bit about what I should guest blog about here on the ever-awesome Erotica for All blog. I warned her I tended to be a bit scandalous. She said that was fine by her. So while having a good-natured Twitter argument with a romance writer, I stumbled upon my topic.
Not the sexual organ (as fabulous as it is) but the word cock. In my writing, I tend to ere on the side of the standard–it’s a cock, it’s a penis, or it’s implied. When I write, “he pushed inside her,” readers are pretty sure I’m not talking about a man penetrating a women with a matchbox car, a tube of chapstick, or a cell phone. I’ve seen other writers use flowery euphemisms for the penis during sex scenes– “lance,” “sword,” “manhood.” Manhood is a particularly odd one for me. I’ve never had a penis in my womanhood so why would I have a manhood in my vagina. And the sword metaphors freak me out a little. Sword? Lance? Really?
Ouch. That’s sort of, um, stabbity.
It isn’t just romance and erotica writers that give the cock a bad name. My own significant other refers to the male genitals as “junk,” an all too common euphemism in the United States. I’m of the mind that junk is what they sell at junk yards–broken record players, busted furniture, cracked glasses. Please don’t put your junk inside me. I’m an open-minded gal but I do have standards.
Readers of erotica have no idea what writers of erotica go through when attempting to write a sex scene that’s powerful and explicit without being silly or clinical. The main character in my novel THE SIREN (coming out from HQN Spice in November 2011) is an erotica writer herself. Her first words in the book? “I’ve got a crisp one hundred dollar bill for the first person who can give me a synonym for ‘thrust’–noun form.” Her lament is my lament. I’ve said for years the lack of good synonyms for thrust was the hardest part of writing erotica. Finding appropriate terms for the genitals can be even more difficult. Some women laugh when a writer “sheaths” a man’s “sword” in her heroine’s “dewy womanhood.” Other women cringe at the too-technical nature of a “penis” “penetrating” a “vagina.”
My personal rule of thumb in writing is that I never use a term during a sex scene that I wouldn’t actually say during sex. I’d never ask my SO to stick his sword in me (unless he was wielding an actual sword and I was feeling suicidal that day) so you won’t find it in my books. I’d never ask him to touch my “dewy buds” or finger my “quivering mound.” Wow, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
But the fact of the matter is sexual terminology is a matter of personal taste. So I shall throw it out to the readers of Erotica for All. What is your personal preference in sex scenes? What terms do you love? What do you hate? What makes you laugh? What makes you wet? And most importantly, what do you call a cock?
Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with two roommates, two dogs, two cats, and one hedgehog which doesn’t belong to anyone who lives in the house and no one is actually sure how he got there. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. There is little to nothing interesting about her.
If she couldn’t write, she would die.