Why is non-consensual sex so common in romance novels? (self.AskWomen)
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When I had to leave my PhD program, I sort of "rebelled" against all the academic reading I'd been doing. I ordered a couple big box lots of period (mostly regency era) romance novels for fluff-reading. Over the time since, I've read the majority of them, and I've been surprised and saddened by how many of the books that do have sex scenes have non-consensual scenarios.
The last book I finished was particularly egregious. I don't think there was any described sex scene that was not forced.
Perhaps this is partly because the books are older, used romances, some going back as far as the 60s (and others from the 90s and 2000s). But still, I don't understand why rape plays such a big role in what is basically erotica for women. I would expect it to appear from time to time, but not as often as it has.
159 comments submitted at 17:34:05 on Mar 7, 2014 by AnneNeville