As we’re on the subject… *waggles eyebrows*
When I was doing my firsts series, a couple of funny experiences were retold about people having to hide their yaoi and other m/m print away from prying eyes.
Since I live by myself I don’t have to do this, but I’m curious about your stories.
What lengths do you go or have you gone to not to have your reading or watching habits found out?
And, hey, if you have ever been found out or had some near misses please share.
We could all do with a laugh. 😉
I live by myself. 🙂 I do have a book cover for when I get around to reading those James Lear paperbacks – I'd prefer to avoid any drama whilst I'm reading in the coffee shop.
It's 21st century… everything stashed safely on my HDD. 🙂
I don't hide it. The yaoi sits around on my dining room/coffee table in full view for all to see. I don't have movies so there is nothing to “hide”. My kid (nearly 15) knows I have tons of cookies but she doesn't really care and 90% of them are on my computer anyway. (This is the Mom who gets her kid to put birthday cake on cookies tummies using Photoshop.) I suppose she could be looking at them when I'm not home but they rarely show any peen so whatever. She has no interest in yaoi and thinks it's dumb.
Close calls: Well, I have a rather largish book of Kosen's art, it's about the size of A4/letter size paper. It was sitting on my coffee table and when the guy replacing my patio door was explaining something he picked it up to use to show me how something was situated and I just kind of looked at it and looked at him and I could see he glanced down but it's just two guys on the front (both of which look pretty fem) so he didn't clue in I'm sure.
The other is my Mom who I caught leafing through Crossing Borders and some yaoi I had on the table when she visited. She couldn't figure out the yaoi and it wasn't very explicit stuff so she would have had to have a close examination to figure it out. Crossing Borders? Hmmm. She probably saw more but she didn't mention it to me and I didn't ask. LOL
On the bus or when travelling I read yaoi, James Lear books without a cover, whatever. Keep your eyes on your own book if you don't like mine nosy. Obviously if I was sitting next to someone with a child I wouldn't drag it out but a bunch of office workers, too bad, so sad. I rarely take the bus though so it's not really an issue.
I did get called out once in high school. I had a naughty book with an innocent fabric flowered cover and the teacher wondered just what that cover was hiding, out loud. Of course, I turned bright red and answered the question without saying a word.
If you really want a laugh, recently my vibrator turned on in my purse at work and my coworker asked if I had a live animal in there. I was so flustered that I just stammered out that it was a dog toy and refused to look at her the rest of the day.
” recently my vibrator turned on in my purse “
Wow, you must have been a boy scout. Always prepared. LOL
The commute to and from work gets boring. *wide innocent eyes*
The commute to and from work gets boring. *wide innocent eyes*
Sheesh and I thought reading yaoi on the bus was pushing the boundaries. LOL I obviously have nothing on you Americans. 😉
No public transportation in my neck of the woods. I have to drive myself into work. 😀
I have my e-reader so no one sees a cover also when do see the writing, it is in English. And not every Dutchy is not as good in reading English.
When I just had it my co-workers wanted to see it, of course ( I know no one else who has one in my direct relation). So for that purpose I put some “normal” books on it so they could the text without me having to answer difficult questions.
I keep waiting for the day when hubs sits me down and goes through our Internet History with me…this wakes me up at night in a cold sweat.
I'm lucky that I live with hubs only but I'm always nervous when we have kids or guests over and they want a 'tour'. Most of my books are now my laptop but still…all it takes is one nosy brother in law and I'll be outed.
I hold up my shocking book covers loud and proud 🙂
Well, maybe if there is a naked bum or two, I may place my hand over it.
lol My husband knows I watch and what I read and write. I only have to hide some things from my 5 year old, but that is just beside my couch in a box. lol I use the computer in the living room and he isn't at an age where I have to hide it too hard. Now, my books or covers it they aren't too racy, he sees those. I don't hide them. 🙂
Chris: “I'd prefer to avoid any drama whilst I'm reading in the coffee shop.”
Understandable. LOL. The thing with the JL covers too is that you wouldn't even be able to say that they were artistiuc because as soon as someone read the name it would be a dead give away. *g*
Matthew: Ah, the voice of experience. Lucky you got that out of the country okay. 😛
Tam: I'm sure that patio guy would have blushed like crazy if he had noticed.
“Keep your eyes on your own book if you don't like mine nosy.”
I can just picture you catching someone looking at your book and you giving them the 'well?!' look. Classic. 🙂
Miranda: “… recently my vibrator turned on in my purse…”
What Tam said followed closely by 'why am I not surprised'. 😛
Also, hun, a dildo and driving is just an accident waiting to happen. You seriously need to be more careful.
Ingrid: I was on a flight and using my ereader once when a couple of young guys next to me got really curious about the 'new' piece of tech I was using. I handed it over so that they could have a look at it, but to this day I wonder if they had any idea what was actually on the page – a particularly good m/m scene. LOL.
KC: Your hubby is gonna catch on to you one of these days. You can't keep erasing the history to Sarah's pron blog.
KBC: You rebel you. 😉 What about stuff like your yaoi and Black Wade? Did your Mumma ever catch you with them? *g*
Jambrea: Your son is gonna start getting curious about what his Mum has in that treasure chest by the couch sooner or later. You might need to invest in a padlock… or just skip to a safe cos padlocks are just temptation for teenagers. 😉
my Closet is like the proverbially sweeet shop for my kids – they think all the dark forbidden stuff is housed there – and they are right. That why the bloody thing is locked..
You already know about my locked closet – Once the demons got to the age where little fingers start getting into mischief – the locks went on and never came off..
I have book covers for when I am out and about and even indoors as well – as Chris said – the less drama the better…
But you know me and book care – I have to also protect my babies from book cooties…
Seeing as my mother is now reading some of my stories, she is no longer shocked by what I read.
EH: “But you know me and book care – I have to also protect my babies from book cooties…”
You haven't lived until you have read in the toilet. Just sayin'.
KBC: Your Mumma is reading your girl-on-girl pron?? Very cool. 🙂
You haven't lived until you have read in the toilet. Just sayin'.
I'll die a happy woman not having that experience..
I live alone but when I have guests… I try to do a thorough vetting and hide everything. When I was reading m/f romance (I've oddly never read m/f erotica)… but just the romance aspect was enough to cause a lot of jeers and torment from my family.
Of course who turned those idiots onto Charlaine Harris whom everyone including my brother and father love? See -now- that I no longer read m/f romance, it's ok by the family. So sadly my m/m is still closeted.
One of my best friends recently found out about my loving gay porn and it was one of the most awkward, loving conversations. He simply said, very quietly and perhaps the most red I've ever seen the poor man “I understand some women like that and I love you anyway.” I think we both wanted to die but hey, we didn't so I guess it's not a big deal. hehe..
I am always paranoid about my ereader though. I get a lot of comments on it and people want to look at the books and of course its usually during some explicit rimming scene or something on the screen. I've accidentally “dropped” it to avoid that lol.
Thankfully I have my children and hub trained well and they pretty much know “DO NOT TOUCH TRACY'S BOOKS!” I just put them on the shelf flat so that the covers don't show. Nobody at my house is too interested anyway.
With photos I just work with them when the kids are in bed. They think pictures are raunchy if they have a man's naked chest. lol
EH: You're such a party pooper. 😦
Kassa: I've gone through the same jeering re: my love of romance with my own family. After my telling them to fuck off and I'll read what I want to I guess it was only to really be expected that they would just raise an eyebrow at my reading gay romance and then continue to take the piss. It was still a shock though, mostly to me I think. LOL.
“I think we both wanted to die but hey, we didn't so I guess it's not a big deal.”
That's such a great story. It's funny how something like this can feel like such a taboo subject and then when it's all out in the open the big reveal wasn't as bad as you thought it would be. Awkward definitely, but not as scary. 🙂
“… of course its usually during some explicit rimming scene or something on the screen…”
Of course. LOL.
PS – Was it you who found yaoi in one of her kitchen drawers where she'd stashed it? I thought that story was hilarious.
Tracy: “Thankfully I have my children and hub trained well and they pretty much know “DO NOT TOUCH TRACY'S BOOKS!””
Well done you. You could probably give lessons and make a fortune. 😉
“They think pictures are raunchy if they have a man's naked chest.”
Aww, the innocence of youth… and not know what their Mumma gets up to on the computer late at night. LOL.
I'm way too old to hide my porn.. In fact my adult son who still lives at home is always making fun of the all the book covers that have guys with ripped abs in my stacks of books..
*waggles brows* back.. And sends a *wink*
Word Verification: filingo – hmmm sounds pornish to me?
Ok god… that story. I still dont know how it got in with the utensils. I also had one stuck in a dvd case recently – you know those box cases for a season of episodes. And I'm shocked when people tell me they know what I read lol..
Lea 🙂 You should tell your son that he needs to start reading romance if he wants to snag a partner. LOL.
“Word Verification: filingo – hmmm sounds pornish to me?”
ABBA's version of fellatio.
Kassa: “And I'm shocked when people tell me they know what I read lol.”
*snort* How you can forget where you put them when you hide the books in such weird places is beyond me.
Hey! I'm a bullet girl. *gawf* To think, someone trying to use a dildo while driving. Preposterous! <--Well maybe in one of the m/m stories WE read (preposterous & posterior sound very similar *have I had too much wine*) 😉
Miranda: “*have I had too much wine*”
Quite possibly… since you just told us your sexual toy preferences, protested a little too much about driving whilst under the influence of said sex toy, and also indicated your interest in reading and m/m book that contained a scene involving someone driving using a sex toy…
That could just be my interpretation, however. What do others think?
Kris: Hmm. The closest I can think of is Catching a Buzz by Ally Blue…
Thank you for the recommendation Chris. 😀
Chris, did you think she needed further encouragement or what??
ahh hahahaha *hicup*
Hmm. Wonder when Cecile and her tequila and pr0n will show up…
Are you trying to borrow trouble, Chris??
I'm pretty careful with the more explicit books. I don't buy print versions of my ebooks. My kids are now 15 and 13, and I'm sure would be very interested in what I read. However, I really don't want my pron to be their educational source. Plus, they're boys, and the thought of what they might be doing? Ewwwww.
Lori: “However, I really don't want my pron to be their educational source.”
Gee, what a mean mum you are. 😛
“Plus, they're boys, and the thought of what they might be doing? Ewwwww.”
Good point. I take it back. I would even go so far as to make up fake hiding spots. 🙂
I'm not so worried about the books..hubs is so over what I read.
But like KC, I may sweat once in awhile if hubs sits down at my computer. It's not fair because HIS has about five passwords needed before logging on (for professional purposes – uh huh)
It's KC's fault..she makes me click on naughty links…HAHA.
Lori's comment reminded me of when I was a teen and raided MY parents' bookshelves. I totally devoured Our Bodies Ourselves… it was right next to the sculpture of two naked people intertwined and kissing.
This memory could possibly explain a lot about my current state of mind.
Lori: My 15 year old (almost) has no interest in what I read. I've tried to get her to read some of my YA m/m and she's read a bit but not much. She doesn't mind it, she quite enjoyed Vintage but the rest she isn't curious about at all. Maybe because I talk to her about it to a point. She knows I'm going to yaoi con and she knows it's adults only. I will mention “I read a book where guy A thought his boyfriend was doing X, is that dumb or what?” So maybe I've taken the mystery out of it and she refers to y'all as my freaky internet friends so she just thinks we're all odd and uninteresting. 🙂
I might be late… Gawd only knows… but here is my two cents…
**It was the wine that kept me away last night… and a hot stud in bed** clears throat…
The comments had me giggling!
I do not hide my porn… I am a very open person when it comes it. I have gotten some sideways glances from some of my covers. I do hide them from small children if I am out in public… but other than that.. NOPE, I love to see people blush or make them talk, haaahaahaaha!
The only thing I do hide is my toys. And of course my basement/dungeon… I do not need to be like one of those fail pictures of the dog with the dildo in his mouth coming out the bedroom… LMBO! No thank you..
Daughter is 16 and knows Mom (is a Smut Hussy) loves her covers. Hubs just does not care any more, lol. “Looking (or reading) at nakked men again I see…” My response… “YEP” =)
Geesh Tam, I am not freaky! 🙂
I brought James Lears The Back Passage ages ago and decided reading it in the coffee shop was a good idea. Was sniggering mightily whilst reading and had a boy on staff drop off our coffee and tell me he'd read it. I was mortified. Snapped reading pron in public. O-o
I keep all mine in the office on shelves. That way pron is kept in mint condition!! All comics are kept in nice proper plastic bags and backing boards in a proper comic book box. Some are signed and are my precious. Everything else in on the home server 🙂
Mandi: “for professional purposes – uh huh”
Oh, yeah. He's definitely hiding pron on there.
“It's KC's fault..she makes me click on naughty links…HAHA.”
That girl's a total perve. She even got her twin looking at the stuff. Her daddy is so gonna kick her arse when he finds out.
Miranda: “This memory could possibly explain a lot about my current state of mind.”
The experience certainly seems to have influenced you. That's for sure. 😛
Tam: “So maybe I've taken the mystery out of it and she refers to y'all as my freaky internet friends so she just thinks we're all odd and uninteresting. :-)”
Freaky and odd I can handle, but uninteresting!? That's just going way too far! Hmpf!
Cecile: “I do not need to be like one of those fail pictures of the dog with the dildo in his mouth coming out the bedroom…”
*snort* It would be hell funny though. *g*
Ingrid: Sure, you aren't. 🙂
Sarah: “Snapped reading pron in public.”
Fucking hilarious! Too bad you didn't start a discussion about your fave sex scenes. LOL!
“That way pron is kept in mint condition!! All comics are kept in nice proper plastic bags and backing boards in a proper comic book box. Some are signed and are my precious.”
Do you wear white glove and a bib too whilst reading them, Sarah? 😛
heh. I was so embarrassed, from memory there is some pretty raunchy stuff going on in those 1st few chapters.
As for the gloves and bib, I'm a little confused – doesn't everyone?
I dunno, maybe it's the difference between boys and girls. We do have a very open dialogue w/our kids, but (and I know this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever) I'd rather have them looking through Playboy than reading my books, even though they have a HEA and PB is just jack-off material.
Like I said, I know it's very odd, and probably misguided, but they should be normal boys and hide their pron under their mattresses. LMAO
Sarah: “As for the gloves and bib, I'm a little confused – doesn't everyone?”
Sure they do. I was only testing you. *rolls eyes*
Lori: “… but they should be normal boys and hide their pron under their mattresses…”
*snort* Or get caught using your visa to buy pron online. LOL.
I live my myself too, but even then the yaoi is still sort of hidden…occasionally it's in a pile of books by my bed (but not on top 🙂 or in the parcels it arrived in. Oh dear 😦