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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.
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[personal profile] stardreamer 2017-03-18 04:32 am (UTC)(link)
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.
Edited 2017-03-18 04:44 (UTC)