A POC Perspective on Romance Novels and the Color “Pink” #BookTwitter

Reading is a form of escapism, a way to explore different lives and experiences without ever leaving our homes. For readers of color, the stories we read, particularly those featuring characters of color, can often be a reflection of our own lives. However, when reading certain romance tropes, readers of color may find themselves needing to suspend their beliefs in order to enjoy the story.

Romance novels have always been my popular genre of choice, and their success is likely due to the fact that they offer me an escape from the everyday world. It is a way to explore exciting and often deliciously naughty fantasies. Unfortunately, there is an underlying issue with the way in which many romance novels depict the human body, particularly when it comes to the inclusion of color.

The issue at hand is that many authors choose to equate genitalia with the color pink. This means that when a character’s genitalia is described, it is most often done so with the use of the color pink. This is a problem, particularly for readers of color, as it can be seen as an indication of prejudice and colorism.

It is vitally important that authors recognize the implications of their use of language when writing romance novels. Color should not be used to describe genitalia in any way. Instead, authors should use language that is more neutral and open to interpretation.

While romance novels often contain a lot of sexual content, they should not be done in a way that implies that any one type of body or genitalia is superior or inferior to another.

Ultimately, it is up to authors to make sure that their language is inclusive and does not reinforce any kind of prejudice or stereotyping. By taking the time to carefully consider their word choice, authors can create stories that are more welcoming and accessible to everyone.

As a reviewer of romance books for seven years, I always research a book, particularly on the Kindle. I use the word search “pink” before I start reading a story. And if I come across “pink pussy” I immediately know I will deduct one star from my book review. Don’t worry, I always indicate in my review when I take a star away for the use of the word “pink pussy” or “pink bulb” Don’t laugh, “bulb” is a popular word in romance books.

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