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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2017-03-17 04:57 pm
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I was prepping a laundry load of newly thrifted fabric and recently finished sewing projects, and decided to throw in my pincushion, as it was getting kind of grungy.

This pincushion is the one I made as my first project in 6th grade Home Ec, by sewing together two small squares of cloth and then stuffing them. I've been using it for twenty years.

After pulling all the pins out, and then all the visible needles, and then squeezing it for awhile to get all the hidden needles, I threw my hands up, took out the stuffing, and went through it that way.

There were forty-five needles hidden in it.*

...has anyone yet invented a pincushion that doesn't eat needles?


Anyway, I am still working on Kushiel. This week's FMK poll is still neck-and-neck, so your vote could turn it! You have until I get back from the St. Pat's dinner in an hour or two. I took the first three weeks' K books to the thrift store today (where I bought the fabric that is being washed. And two more books shhh) so I can't chicken out, augh. I am now finding myself wanting to buy books just because they will fill out a good set for an FMK poll. No, melannen! Bad! Bad!

In preparation for writing my thoughts on Kushiel, here is a poll for you about evolving terminology in reviews:

Poll #18094 Rape vs. rapeyness
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 71


If I describe a creative work as "rapey", I mean that it:

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has at least one rape in it
7 (9.9%)

has a lot of rape in it
13 (18.3%)

has unnecessary amounts of rape in it
31 (43.7%)

may or may not explicitly include rape, but has a lot of dubcon/noncon sort of situations or references
42 (59.2%)

may or may not explicitly include rape, but a general aura of rapiness hangs over it
42 (59.2%)

may or may not explicitly include rape, but uncritically includes many lovely exemplars of rape culture, such as victim-blaming or 'he couldn't help it he's an alpha male'.
56 (78.9%)

I will give you my answer in comments
5 (7.0%)

I would never use that word and don't find it a useful descriptor
2 (2.8%)



*I did not intend that as a metaphor for rape culture, and yet there it is.
rachelmanija: (Princess Bride: Let me sum up)

[personal profile] rachelmanija 2017-03-18 02:53 am (UTC)(link)
I voted for "unnecessary amounts of rape" but would also have voted for "has at least one rape or rape threat or discussion of rape, and uncritically includes many lovely exemplars of rape culture, such as victim-blaming or 'he couldn't help it he's an alpha male'." I probably wouldn't use "rapey" to describe the latter if it had absolutely no actual rape or rape threats, but would instead say it's sexist or misogynist.

(Unnecessary amounts of rape without partaking in rape culture: Esther Friesner's Psalms of Herod is an anti-rape, anti-rape culture, feminist novel. And it has so goddamn much rape that I don't know how else to describe it. I could name a whole bunch of others like that. "Show that sexism is bad by having a rape every few pages" was especially big in 80s fantasy by women. ("Have a rape every few pages just because" was big in 80s fantasy by men.))

I also would have voted yes on "a general air of rapeyness" if it included at least one rape or rape threat or discussion of rape. Without that, it's back to sexist or misogynistic.

For lots of dubcon or noncon, assuming those terms are used in the fannish kink sense, I'd just call it dubcon or noncon.