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Love without a glove its all about protection

Love without a glove – it’s all about protection

More than just hooking up

Sex feels so much better without it.

It’ll just ruin the moment.

Don’t worry about it baby.

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How many times have we read these lines in urban romance books?

Countless.

They’re followed up by a real good hot and heavy sex scene (ooo-la-la!)

But, wait.

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Did the couple use protection?

Did either party mention using protection? (Don’t just leave it to the fellas, ladies).

Did you even stop reading and notice?

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Now, now, I’m not judging you because, I’m also guilty of forgetting to include condoms from time-to-time when writing an explicit scene.

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We’ve all had those WOW moments which have led us to tumbling into the bedroom without common sense and a condom. They go a little like this.

  1. This brother at the bar is looking kinda fine
  2. He’s coming over
  3. So, we’ve had a couple of drinks and my panties are already melting
  4. And, now we’re making out at the bar
  5. And, we’re making out in his car
  6. Oh, now we’ve made it into his room
  7. Ooh, I like that!
  8. Oooh crap, what just happened?!

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It happens. However, this proportionately occurs more in urban romance books than our phenomenal every day lives. Do you think it’s time for contraception to be included in our urban romances?


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I know. I know. Some of us were really looking forward to the unprotected sex scenes and the inevitable “it just happened” the next morning. Especially, when a surprise baby mama shows up later in the book and things really start getting interesting. But, unprotected sex typically has lots of consequences in our urban romances – even DEATH (dum-dum-dum!)

I realize I didn’t address this in my post: Giving it up on the first date – what’s wrong with that? Should I have?

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And let’s get real.

When unprotected sex isn’t fun anymore

There are many consequences for unprotected sex. Here are 3 main ones:

  1. STIs

You can’t tell if someone has an STI by how they look or act (or, even say). There are a lot of STIs, like HIV, which can’t be treated by antibiotics. There are even some that have NO symptoms – including chlamydia!

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2. Pregnancy

Having a baby is a serious responsibility and will change your whole world. Some of us may be in school, busy at work or planning to travel the world. Then, poof! 2 pink lines change your life foreva!

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Do you really want that guy at the bar to be the father of your child and tied to you for the next 18 years?

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3. Self-care

If YOU want your partner to wear a condom during sex then, should he respect you and your wishes? How would you feel if he refuses?

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Let’s get more real.

There are some young women who grow up in homes where sex isn’t discussed. Some of our parents tried (and failed) to give us “the talk”. And, most young women get their misinformation from friends in school, social media and – yes, you’ve got it – urban romance novels.

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All readers are clearly responsible for their own actions. Urban romance novels are just that – novels! They’re made for light reading, late nights with a glass of wine, and girl chat sessions with your besties.

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Yet, we live in a society where young women are getting illegal butt injections because of IG posts. Where young women are starting fights in school as if training for a spot on Love and Hip Hop. Do you think they may be using these novels for sex education?

I hope not, but I’m not sure.

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So, should safe sex feature more in our urban romance novels? I know one reader had a lot to say about it, read about that in my post: [Opinion] Urban Fiction Genre – A Reply to a Reader. But I want to know what you think!

Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

6 Comments

  • Linda says:

    I also think the issue of getting tested for couples who decide to be in a relationship should be deal with in urban fiction. Stopping to use condoms just because one is serious about their partner cannot guarantee safe sex without STI tests to clear any possible health risk.

    • Porscha says:

      Yes, that’s an excellent point. Being in love and serious is not the same as being free of STIs!

  • Umeki Brown says:

    Lately in most of the books I’ve read the men use protection only when they are not serious about the women but if they see a future with the women protection is not brought up. It should not be only left up to the men to decide the women need to step up more and ask for it. I’m hoping as grown women we are not that careless but then again in these times young people are reading these books too so safe sex should be brought to light in the books.

    • Porscha says:

      Yes, not just grown women! I hear you, a little more safe sex topics in books. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Lashun Moore says:

    I absolutely agree I think protection should be used in the books especially In the Heat of the Moment I have noticed however most of the books that I read now the men do stop and take the time to pull out a condom out of a drawer out of their pocket or somewhere and place it on but it does not ever mention anything about the woman being on any type of birth control until well after the fact and she’s already pregnant nor does it ever mention a possible STD but it always mentions the multiple partners that they each have shared or had willingly before they’ve actually hooked up. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing something of that nature actually occurring and playing out in the book about being promiscuous sleeping around catching STIs or STDs and having to deal with and face the consequences of that within having multiple partners.

    • Porscha says:

      I appreciate your opinion. And it’s definitely something I think about when I’m writing. And that I have to think more about!

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