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There's a Whole World of Wolf Porn and Wow Is It Shockingly Profitable

Over the course of quarantine, I've decided to lean in and give readers insight into not just sections, but all of my personality and interests. Whether it's tongue in cheek, or authentically vulnerable, I made the commitment to going there. 

If my take is different than the norm or I get backlash, that's all part of you getting to know me.  

Hence, the increase in sex-related blogs.

I may joke about some of it, especially when it bleeds into my own life, but truthfully, I've always felt that if something gets your rocks off (unless it's harmful or illegal) go for it, no judgment. Because of that, I've been a confidant to many friends and strangers alike, divulging their secrets and kinks I would have never known existed otherwise. 

I'm not normally surprised by much and have never been thrown into a new world of fringe kink just by reading the NY Times business section. 

Yet here we are. Today, was that day. 

Today, I learned there is an entire world of BDSM Wolf kink erotica fan fiction called the Omegaverse. 

According to the article,

Some Omegaverse stories involve lycanthropes (werewolves), vampires, shape-shifters, dragons, space pirates, others feature regular humans. But virtually all Omegaverse couples engage in wolflike behavior. Alphas “rut” and Omegas go through heat cycles, releasing pheromones that drive Alphas into a lusty frenzy. One particular physiological quirk that’s ubiquitous in Omegaverse stories, called knotting, comes from a real feature of wolves’ penises, which swell during intercourse, causing the mating pair to remain physically bound to increase the chance of insemination.

After reading this paragraph (multiple times) and taking notes on everything I needed to brush up on, I did some googling on what all of this means. Wolflike mating? Rut? Knotting? 

Maybe all of this is old hat to you but this is what I've learned. 

Rut: 

The rut is characterized in males by an increase in testosterone, exaggerated sexual dimorphisms, and increased aggression and interest in females. The males of the species may mark themselves with mud, undergo physiological changes, or perform characteristic displays in order to make themselves more visually appealing to the females. Males also use a sense of smell to entice females to mate using secretions from glands and soaking in their own urine.

WHOA. I was not prepared for this. 

Things got really interesting when I delved into "knotting". 

Knotting

A wolf's penis commonly referred to as "a knot",  swells when the wolf is aroused and allows the animal to lock their penis inside an orifice immediately after penetration. Unlocking occurs only after the wolf has completed sexual congress. 

According to an article about "knotting" in Jezebel, the reason writers and readers alike love the concept of knotting is "there's an element of loss of control that's not possible in other situations. Since the knot won't release until the alpha has finished and can't be controlled by either party, the sex has to go on until it's done. There's literally nothing anyone can do."

Locked, knotted, and loaded. Eat your heart out Christian Grey. 

But the part I found so fascinating in my research wasn't learning about the mating rituals of the animal kingdom or details of the fictional Omegaverse (which I could spend days learning about), it was that, this type of kink IS BIG BUSINESS. 

The appetite for such tales is large and growing. In the past decade, more than 70,000 stories set in the Omegaverse have been published on the fan fiction site Archive of Our Own. As it became more popular, the Omegaverse transcended individual fandoms and became an established genre on its own.

Writers began publishing Omegaverse stories with original characters and settings, and authors started to publish them for profit. On Amazon, there are hundreds of novels for sale, including titles like “Pregnant Rock Star Omega,” “Wolf Spirit: A Reverse Harem Omegaverse Romance” and “Some Bunny to Love: An M/M MPreg Shifter Romance,” an improbable tale involving an Alpha male who can transform into a rabbit.

Ok, this is feeling way more like Discovery Channel than Brazzers, amirite?

But authors are bringing in loot. 

“Fan fiction made authors and publishers realize there was a thriving market for this stuff,” said Rebecca Tushnet, a copyright expert at Harvard Law School. “There’s much more of it, so there’s more opportunity for conflict.”

The only reason that this kinky universe was exposed was because one popular wolf-kink writer is suing another for copying her work. A young erotica author calling herself Ms. Cain, at one point was churning out a novel every few months, one series brought in just shy of $400,000. "Dip your toes into the erotica pool,” she said on a 2016 sci-fi and fantasy podcast. “There’s nothing to do here but make money.”

HOLY SHIT. Ok… I think I have a new side hustle. I have bills to pay and a pomeranian to feed, so I might just go ahead and take Ms. Cain's advice (of course not using my own name). 

So if you see some werewolf fiction popping off penned by Trynyty Ford, support your girl and keep my identity to yourself. 

Kink snitches get stitches.