DiShan Washington is a pastor’s daughter, and when she was 16 years old, she married a young minister at her dad’s church. She didn’t know a lot about sex, let alone what she describes as the “spicy stuff.”
Now, the “spicy stuff” is her business. Washington produces what she calls Christian erotica, in several books and a film. She started that career, in part, because of troubles in her own marriage.
Her husband had cheated on her. But Washington says the end of the marriage was not entirely his fault.
“I want women to know that I am not harboring all of the responsibility, but I am owning my part,” Washington tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. For a decade, she says, she “didn’t really cater to his sexual needs.”
And she didn’t really even think about her own sexual needs, because she was raised to believe sex was for men.
“I know better now,” says Washington. “But for many years, that’s how I saw it.”
So Washington took on her new mission: to “get Christian women to remove the stigma that being erotic is sinful or somehow shameful or embarrassing.” To that end, she started writing erotica.
“Christian erotica is basically my way of taking what the secular world has perverted, and made us feel ashamed of,” she says. “I wanted people to focus more on the seduction, and not just necessarily the body parts and the language that you sometimes hear when you’re watching pornography or if you’re reading a book.”