I'm a chubby little kitsune that likes to read alot! Forgive me if you find me asleep in your fanfiction, I'm probably just recharging a little before I finish.
Plotbunnies make delicious snacks, which is why so few of my tales ever get published.
I am against stories that treat sexual abuse, harassment, and rape as normal behavior. Yes, I have written some of these, especially when writing true-to-history stories, but I always mark them as being about deviant behavior and acknowledge that it's illegal or morally wrong.
Everyone, even we fanfic writers, need to stand up against sexual abuse whether it's toward a male or a female. One of the reasons sexual harassment and date rape was and can still be so very hard to prosecute is because it has been socially acceptable for so long. After all, people said, as late as the '90s, romance novels had rape scenarios. In women's own popular fiction, it was considered fine for a man to force a woman as long as the raped person enjoyed herself at some point.
The fact is that beginning in the 1970s, the romance publishing industry pushed writers to incorporate rape in their novels if they wanted to be published. This gave birth to the 'bodice ripper,' novels that espoused women being raped and later falling in love with their rapist. These were set in a "remote historical setting allowing women to 'enjoy' the rape fantasy from a safe distance." That's party line, folks. Officially, they stopped in the late 1980s, though it has continued through today in paranormal romances, under the so-called 'understanding' that the creature perpetuating the rape is ruled by animalistic tendencies. Frankly, if I knew that getting bit by a were-animal would turn me into a rapist, I'd put myself down immediately. Exerting power over an unwilling victim does not equal love, nor does it lead to love.
The truth is that no matter what is done to it, the human body will protect itself and act as it is designed to. That means that even if the brain is screaming in horror, the body will react in many of the same ways it would if it was a lover touching it. It's not that the person wanted to respond to or enjoy their rapist's touch, it is that their body reacted normally. That's nothing to hold against them, or that they should hold against themselves... although it regularly is. It's conjectured that half to three-quarters of all rapes are date rapes, and date rape is one the least reported kinds of rape.
Currently, statistics on rape say that 1 in 6 women are rape survivors, and 92,700 men are raped every year in America. 1in6.org, an excellent resource for male victims, says that one in six boys under sixteen have been victims of sexual abuse. Yes, in this so-called modern America that we are so proud of, over a sixth of our population have been victims of rape or molestation.
Fairly recently California came out with what I consider one of the best laws addressing rape - the 'Yes Means Yes' law says that "Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time." That's right. Before and during!
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