The Undeterred Male: Sexy or Sexist?

Super interesting discussion going on over at Kira Lyn Blue’s blog. It’s especially relevant to romance writers, but since relationships are a part of pretty much everyone’s fiction (and many folks’ lives), it’s the kind of topic that may be intriguing to many different sorts of readers. Pop over and check it out! I wrote an epic comment. 🙂

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My fabulous critique partner Hope Cook, linked an article recently that has me… uneasy:  Rape Culture in Popular Culture. I’m feeling uncomfortable as a reader, a writer, and a woman by the point the author brings up, so, of course, I have to write about it.

The article boils down to this point: The undeterred male in romance is an example of rape culture.

Wait… what?

The use of the phrase has my hackles up. Anytime anyone drops such a charged expression, I find myself immediately jumping into Devil’s Advocate mode and wanting to argue against it. The words sensationalism, hyperbole, and hypersensitivity whirl through my mind in an angry tempest. Especially in this case, since I tend to enjoy a good romance book with an undeterred male love interest.

So, what’s wrong with an undeterred male? The article states that:

“When a man is…

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2 thoughts on “The Undeterred Male: Sexy or Sexist?

  1. It is an epic comment! And I totally love it…you articulated so well an issue that has been churning in the background of my brain for a long time. I really agree that it is a question of the larger picture and how these smaller pieces fit together and create a global picture of who men and women are and what they want.

    • Thank you! I’m so glad it resonated with you! Sometimes I’m writing a comment like that and I think “maybe it’s just me,” so it’s nice to know other folks can see where I’m coming from. 🙂

      And welcome aboard! Thanks for the follow. You seem really neat!

      ~A23

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