Today we're thrilled to welcome Regina Cole to Heroes and Heartbreakers. On June 30, Regina's new book, Sex Becomes Her, will hit shelves. The heroine of Sex Becomes Her doesn't have any problems with her sexuality, but the people around her—from the residents of her small town to her ex-boyfriend—do. Today, Regina is here to talk about society (and the genre's) standards on a woman's sexuality, and some standout heroines who just don't care. Thanks, Regina!
Anyone who’s lived in a close environment, like a small town, religious community, or even the microcosm of high school, knows how quickly poisonous rumors spread. People love to gossip, and sexual gossip is the juiciest of all. But why does sexual gossip usually involve name-calling, slander, and dragging women through the mud? Even though women’s rights have come a long way over the past fifty years, we’ve still got a long way to go in terms of how we—as a society—approach female sexuality.
“She was asking for it.”
“OMG, look at her skirt, what a whore.”
“Did you hear she slept with like, three guys at a party once? She’s such a slut!”
[Regina Cole talks doing away with slut-shaming women...]