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Ingen

I'm another atheist spanking writer, and I think religion has a lot of potential for stories like those you've mentioned. It's not a potential I've explored myself, but I have thought of it. Will probably try my hand at it later. I also have more of a love for stories involving mythological beings than you seem to do.

One idea I've had, involves a god in a pantheon coming down and punishing his head priest for perverting his message to support her own views (though she wasn't entirely aware that was what she was doing). I'm guessing that the whole idea of religious people being punished for their self-serving "piety" is appealing to me because of my atheism.

Karen Boyd

I know what you mean. I'm an atheist myself, but I have often used religious imagery (worship, scourging, confession) in erotic writing and in BDSM play. A few years ago, a scene I was involved in very suddenly flipped into a 'confession' scene, with the poor 'parishioner' being beaten into admitting all kinds of terrible sins to the 'priest'. Neither I nor my play partner had any idea where it had come from, but it seems that those tropes were pretty deeply ingrained in our cultural heritage, even though neither of us had been raised Catholic or even particularly religious.

Kilt Kilpatrick

As a Don't-Call-It-Smut writer for Ravenous Romance.com AND a Bay Area atheist activist (shhh!) I find I'm constantly slipping religion into my stories... (a co-ed seducing a pair of Mormon missionaries, a Victorian woman who leaves Jesus for a Hindu temple dancer, a romantic protagonist who is an open atheist, etc.) I try not to be TOO preachy about it, but I do love making readers think about atheism while they're getting turned on...

(Note to self: must send Greta & Ingrid invites to my fb page)
-Kilt Kilpatrick

neosnowqueen

Frankly, it's hard for me to keep religion out of my fiction, be it porn or otherwise. For me, it's because religion has been such a part of my life, has colored the good and the overwhelming bad of it, and impacts the way I experience sexual desire. I find that shame is an important state of mind in my fiction, like you.

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