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Muccamukk ([personal profile] muccamukk) wrote in [personal profile] melannen 2017-03-17 10:08 pm (UTC)

If I call something rapey (which I don't think I usually do, as it's not that precise, or I do and add why I called it that), I feel that I mean that it has explicit rape (or rape that explicitly happens, it doesn't have to be on page) that doesn't feel like it serves the plot, and this happens more than once. Uncritical rape culture also tips it towards that, but it tends to be books that include multiple sexual assaults, sexual harassment or threats of said, that don't seem to have any point to them past author needing to shortcut that the bad guy is bad, the hero(ine) is in peril or other situations that could be depicted sans rape save that the author is lazy/hasn't really thought about it.

If the book includes rape, even multiple instances of it, and they seem like the author has put thought into why they included that, then I'm a lot easier with it.

Maybe I should have ticked the aura of rapeiness box too.

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