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For no particularly good reason, I'm reading Casino Royale. So far it's sort of interesting, if not necessarily in the ways Ian Fleming intended. It's always great when in older books they're like:

She would have been totally hot, if it weren't for the fact that she was too fucking smart. I hate that in women. She acted like she thought her opinion mattered, too.

How unimaginably sorry these smart confident gorgeous women must have been that asshat narrators weren't into them. I really can't imagine the personal suffering that must have brought them.

I just asked my mother -- who read the book before passing it along to me, thanks Ma -- if she thought I was being unfair here. She assured me that it gets much worse. Good to know!

In unrelated yet somehow appropriate news, when I went to start this post, it asked me if I wanted to restore from a saved draft. I didn't remember having any drafts, but I clicked okay just in case there was something I was forgetting, and was presented with the following text: "kashgsagadhsshshs".

I do actually remember what that was about, but am nevertheless amused.
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So, there's this guy who seems to be living in an alternate universe where in place of some people protesting the normalization of violence against women, there's rather a large number of kink-shaming absolutists who not only believe that sexual assault should never appear in stories ever, but also come alarmingly close to enforcing their unreasonable edicts through mob rule.

That's just the kind of imaginative premise that appeals to my science fiction-loving brain, so I was brainstorming guidelines I might try to follow if I, too, lived in such a universe, and I wanted to talk about legitimate reasons for depicting rape in works of fiction, while simultaneously managing not to act like a terrible person.

Here's what I've got so far:

  • Don't call it an "awesome plot element".
  • Distinguish between its erotic function for people who are into that fantasy, and its narrative function in works intended for a wider audience.
  • Recognize that survivors of sexual violence both exist and read sometimes.

That's about the point where I trail off into aimless capslock, though.

Maybe other people have thoughts?

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