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Any Last Words?
Posted by: essemoh at 08:25, May 14 2017.

Sounds ominous…

It can be a challenge to be a writer and creator in the erotic arts. Even in these times when one can be free to express one's feelings and love for another, in most cultures there is still prejudice and disapproval of anything that may have the intent to arouse and sensually entertain.  It is a long term gripe amongst those involved in the erotic field that all media are free to depict aggression, blood, gore, terror and violent death in its most extreme form and it is considered acceptable, clever and mainstream. Yet to describe or display passionate sex and climax in any detail is to be deplored, censored and excluded.


I was listening to an interview with Ridley Scott (80 this year!) about his way of working, story boarding in detail every element of his movies. In particular was a discussion about the iconic 'Chest Busting' concept. The comparison drawn was between the scene from the first 'Alien' movie in 1979, involving the late John Hurt (he died this year aged 77) and a similar scene from the latest movie, Alien Covenant. It focused on how to be as realistic as possible in depicting the violent death by rupture from within of a human being. Blood, guts, hydraulic pistons and exploding backbones were lovingly described. Yet I recall the disapproval voiced by many, of the scenes from the 1979 movie where the character Ellen Ripley, played by the delectable Sigourney Weaver, was hiding from the Creature wearing not much more than tiny white panties and a torn shirt.


Then there is the filmic cliché of the slasher movie plot that has the naughty teenagers, who are making out and exploring their sexuality, being dispatched by the Beast in suitably inventive and gory fashion. Sex is horribly bad but foul murder and dismemberment is quite acceptable.

Amazon has its 'Dungeon' where erotic fiction is hidden away to languish out of the public gaze. Audible (an Amazon company) likewise makes it lamentably difficult to search for erotic audio products, lest they pervert and debouch the wider population. YouTube and others are also squeezing the content that they consider to be 'titillating' or 'designed to arouse'.


Publishers Alternatepress Limited and its subsidiary, eSensual Books, were founded in 2012 to be an antidote to this oppression, for want of a better word. The site has gone from strength to strength under the Executive Direction of multi published author and audio producer, Genevieve Ash, growing year on year, offering fans a guarantee of quality erotic audio and stories that suit all tastes.

This year has welcomed many new voices to the team producing exciting and arousing content for listeners' satisfaction. This is all good and pleasing to associates at The Manor responsible for the hard work that has made the eSensual Group a success.


However, AlternatePress Limited and eSensual Books are full service publishers, having contractual arrangements with payment processors, banks, Amazon, Smashwords and Audible amongst others. This means, to some extent, they have to abide by the restrictions that these associations impose.

(One of the reasons we no longer offer PayPal is their aversion to anything 'adult', and their high handed actions confiscating other people's money!)


The 'rules' mean that content cannot be 'too extreme', covers and blurb have to be 'tasteful', as well as a long list of do's and don'ts. That is the price of being in business. eSensual Books pushes at the boundaries wherever possible and the Triple XXX audio content is one example, but even this has limits.


Another frustration is the issue of long term tech support in a world where the 'new' is king and queen. Apps come and go, software companies stop supporting products, not because they no longer function, but because they can make more money by selling the same people something else.


So why the rant and whinge?

Simply put, the restrictions on general publishing constrain some of the content we at The Manor would like to produce and offer to our listeners.

Also, the particular technical support for the Blogging and IM feedback software I use on my two personal sites is due to be shut down at an unspecified date in the near future.


We want to continue to Blog about topics that interest us and make them publicly available, we also want to get feedback and comments and interact with our followers and listeners.

After much debate the team at The Manor consider that the Patreon model might just enable us to supplement the work we will continue to do at Alternatepress and the eSensual Group, while freeing us up from the restrictions and opening up our content to wider explorations.


To this end we have developed @Club_eSensual on Patreon. There Jezebel and I will host open public access blogs, just as I have on these pages, with similar content and quirky points of view. But in addition there will be @Club_eSensual Members blogs that go much further as well as new and unique content that is unsuitable for Alternatepress and eSensual Books. Listeners, fans, the curious and the experimenters seeking to discover their boundaries, will have access to material that will entice, excite, arouse and satisfy their desires in ways we have not been able to offer to date.


You can find our regular blogs from now on @Club_eSensual, make it your go to web link for news of all things new and very naughty in DEV©. Just click on the name link and take a look

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