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stardreamer ([personal profile] stardreamer) wrote in [personal profile] melannen 2017-03-18 04:32 am (UTC)

A couple that you didn't include, which would get that description from me:

- It has normalized or fetishized rape in it. By "normalized" I mean stories where the rapist's viewpoint (including all his internal justifications) is privileged, or the Stockholm Syndrome ones where the woman falls in love with her rapist afterwards (sometimes because of the rape). By "fetishized" I mean specifically that the rape is presented as HAWT!!! A lot of bodice-rippers fall foul of this; so does Dragonquest with F'nor/Brekke.

Note that I will give fanfic a partial pass on this if and only if it is warned for. Even if I'm specifically looking for porn, this is something that needs to be noted.

- It uses rape as a lazy-writer's substitute for motivation and characterization. Need a bad-ass woman who kicks ass and takes names? She was raped, and It Changed Her Life. Need a man similarly? His wife/daughter/sister was raped, and It Changed His Life. No further work required on the part of the writer.

ETA: That said, I have to confess that I wrote one of those Stockholm Syndrome fics. In my defense, (1) that was 20 years ago, and (2) the structure was implicit in canon -- it was back-story for Gul Dukat and Tora Neprem on DS9, and based on what we were shown in the episode ("Indiscretions") there just wasn't any other way to write it.

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