An erotica author. A journalist. An adult industry writer. A feminist activist. These are just some of the job titles that Scandalous Women staff writer Megan Hussey has held throughout a career that has lasted more than a decade. Recently we sat down with this real life Scandalous Woman to find out more about the lady behind the pen.
Scandalous: Megan, do you ever stop writing? And how exactly did you start?
Megan: Well the answer to the first question is, in a word, no. I pretty much write 24/7, unless I happen to be diverted for just a moment by a momentary distraction. Sleep. Chocolate. A really hawt dude.
Megan: I started writing stories the moment that I could pick up a pen. I’m surprised that my first words weren’t royalty or rough draft. Then in the fifth grade, I worked for my first school newspaper; and at about the same time, I wrote my first book–a murder mystery with a strong, sassy female detective.
Scandalous: Was that book ever published?
Megan: No, and it’s probably a good thing lol; at this point, though, I do have about 30 titles in print for companies like Scandalous Publishing, Melange Books, America Star Books, Satin Romance, Class Act Books, Phaze publishing, Metaphysical Erotica, My Pouty Lips, House of Erotica and Xcite UK. My next titles coming up will be Venus Reborn from Scandalous Publishing and Sensual Magic from Satin Romance.
Scandalous: What distinguishes a Megan Hussey book from others in the erotic genre?
Megan: I started writing erotica because, although I enjoyed the genre, I found it to be lacking in some ways. I wanted to see stronger, more feminist heroines, sexier and more sensitive and seductive heroes, and a greater variety of female body types. Above all, I yearned to write stories that contained no elements of rape, sexual abuse or violence against women.
I wanted to prove that feminist erotica can still be smoking hot and very exciting, while also respecting women and their strength. Also I love to turn gender conventions on their ear; to write about mermen, male incubus vampires, male escorts and strippers, female billionaires, woman warriors and detectives, etc.
Also, a lot of people seem intrigued by the idea that I live what I write. I’m something of a sexual adventuress in and out of the bedroom, and it comes through in my writing.
Scandalous: How did you get involved in the visual side of the erotic industry?
Megan: I started reading Playgirl and watching erotic films in college, also going to male strip shows. I helped to do p.r. for some male revues and had some interesting adventures along the way.:) Off and on I dabbled in the industry; I helped to promote the career of a man I was involved with, who did adult films, and did some p.r. for male companions.
A number of years later I came across a website that promoted PlaygirlTV, the first adult cable channel for women. I wrote a letter of EXTREMELY enthusiastic inquiry to the site. I had always wondered why, upon visiting the adult section of a video store, all of the DVDs featured solo female cover models–unless, of course, it was gay porn. Where was the porn for the female gaze, that satisfied a woman’s needs? So I loved the idea of PlaygirlTV, and received a reply back from a wonderful lady named Heda Eisenberg; a PlaygirlTV rep impressed by my obvious excitement for their project.
So marked the beginning of what I call my Dirty Cinderella story. Before I knew it I was running Playgirl’s fan club, writing columns for the magazine and website, writing erotic stories and DVD cover copy for PlaygirlTV, etc. Then I branched out to write for other companies as well, including Good Vibrations, Chick Media (operated by the legendary female porn director Kelly Holland/Toni English), Dusk! TV for women, Eden Fantasys, Trejix Toys, Pool Boy and Scarlet magazines, etc.
Scandalous: You’ve had quite the career. Of course, our readers are definitely interested in your sex life. You mentioned you’ve worked with male companions and had a relationship with a male adult film star. How much were you getting during that period and was it better than the typical guy?
Megan: Well yes, as I began to work in the circles of male adult performers and companions, I definitely had my fun. As I got to know and became more comfortable with these gentlemen, sparks sometimes flew. One night, for example, I enjoyed the company of two male strippers at once—it was a beautiful, unforgettable experience. One night at a strip show, one of the dancers and I got carried away and I ended up topless on stage—the club owner offered me a job on the spot ha ha, but I politely declined. Another time I was in bed with a companion friend and we were watching an adult film—then, quite unexpectedly, the image of my former love interest popped up on screen. Awkward but arousing at the same time!
Are they better than typical guys? Yes, absolutely. These men are gorgeous, highly trained seducers who know how to tease and please a woman. They make it their business to know what women want and give it to them. I hope to have more adventures in the future and have no plans to settle down.
Scandalous: We all know power is sexy. With so much sex available from men who are in the business to be hot, Have you ever found yourself desensitized to it or has you positions of power in the female sexual empowerment industry acted as an aphrodisiac of sorts?
Megan: It is an incredible aphrodisiac. I hadn’t had that many relationships during high school and college, choosing instead to focus on my studies and writing. Then suddenly I was thrust into an atmosphere in which I was surrounded by handsome, seductive men. The more books I had in print and the more I became involved in the adult industry, people of both genders started to treat me like a rock star in some circles—damn right it’s intoxicating!
Beautiful men were my muses and they set me on fire, they still do as a matter of fact. I have a feeling that in my older years, I’ll probably end up as the female version of Hugh Hefner.:)
Scandalous: Millennials have had very little, if any, exposure to Playgirl, especially the version you know. What are your thoughts on the magazine’s influence and eventual downfall?
Megan: You know, a lot of people these days seem to remember Playgirl as the gay men’s magazine that just pretended to cater to women. This simply isn’t true. I headed up a large fan club of female readers, some of which sent their boyfriends’ photos in for the Real Men page. The magazine featured pictorials of straight male celebrities and adult stars, erotica written by and for women, and the Playgirl DVD line featured male/female couples. It’s funny, I caught a rerun of the old sitcom The Facts of Life the other day, and there was a joke about the gals pinning a Playgirl centerfold to an overhead projector in class.
I believe that, from its inception in the 1970s to the early 2000s, Playgirl did indeed have a strong influence on women’s sexuality, and I’m honored to have played a role in this aspect of the women’s sexual revolution.
So what happened to Playgirl? Well one thing I can tell you is that some of my fan club members were shamed out of purchasing the magazine at bookstores, sometimes even by people who worked at the stores. I talked to some women who were more familiar with Playboy than Playgirl, because their boyfriends read Playboy. And I was once confronted by the husband of one of my fan club members, who accused me of being a ‘morally depraved single woman.’ I thanked him for my new nickname and wondered if that phrase would fit on a T-shirt—ha!
So now I guess it stands to reason that—in a society tainted by slut shaming—50 Shades of Grey (a story of a man who dominates every aspect of a woman’s life, inside and outside of the bedroom) is now being held up as the new golden standard in women’s erotic entertainment. Are we going to accept this, Ladies? Or are we going to support the Scandalouswomens, the Cowboys4Angels/Showtime’s Gigolos, the Erika Lusts, Petra Joys, Ms. Naughtys, Anna Spans, Kelly Hollands, etc., that are putting the sexual power back in our hands?
Scandalous: So what are you currently doing in the women’s adult industry?
Well I recently won a short story award for an erotic short that I submitted to Erika Lust‘s X-pressions website; Erika is a great feminist director of erotic films for women and couples. I’m in talks with a major woman-positive adult film company about the possibility of bringing some of my books to film, and am working with a fabulous erotica author named Jana Cleveland to produce a newsletter of our erotic excerpts and reviews called Fempower. I’m blogging about women’s sexuality, rape culture, women in film, and other feminist issues at Legendary Women.
And, of course, I am a very proud staff writer at Scandalous Women. In my mind, SW is the only magazine that currently serves the needs of ladies in search of quality adult entertainment for women. Scandalouswomen is the Playgirl of the 21rst century, and I am very proud to be a part of it.
Scandalous: What message do you seek to convey through your adult industry work?
I want to encourage women to live the dream–professionally, personally and sexually. If a woman can find ultimate fulfillment in a monogamous relationship, that’s great. If she wants to see male escorts, make it with a male stripper, make it with two male strippers, enjoy the company of another woman, or some creative combination thereof, that’s also great. I’m not saying that everyone should lead my lifestyle–but they can if they want to, and it doesn’t make them sluts or whores. It just means that they’ll have a whole lot of fun, and more power to them.
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