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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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