less fics where kel gets raped (SERIOUSLY. WHY IS THAT A THING) more fics where kel has romances w/ ladies. get w/ the program fandom
Kel would cut the manparts off of anyone who tried to rape her. Has no one read the book. If she had no cutting weapon she would bite them off. If she couldn’t get her teeth on them she would rip them off. If she couldn’t do it at the time she would do it at the first chance.
What is this trope that a woman hero has to be raped? It is almost the subtext that a women hero must be punished for being female and heroic. That the culture demands she has to have her ladyparts torn up before she can be acceptable as a hero, or that she must have her ladyparts torn up as punishment for thinking herself equal to male heroes. Is that really the message we want to send?
If you want to bring a female down to the lowest place to show that a true hero will do everything she can to come back, have her so badly wounded that it takes her months of healing to come back to anything remotely like her early strength, and even more months of laboring to return to who she was (the end of Elizabeth Moon’s DIVIDED ALLEGIANCE and the beginning of OATH OF GOLD). Or have her lose a dear friend or relative (Jo March and the loss of Beth in LITTLE WOMEN) and fight her way back to a place of strength (Katniss thinking Peeta is dead in MOCKINGJAY).
There are plenty of authors out there who manage to write strong female characters who endure much in the way of tribulation, none of which includes rape: Barbara Hambly, Lynn Flewelling, Greg Keyes, Guy Gavriel Kay, Elizabeth Moon (the Paksenarrion books, not the science fiction), Kate Elliott, Suzanne Gregory. I’ve managed to write plenty of books, many of which cause the readers to curse my name for putting them through something, and yet I’ve never written rape into my stories. Plenty of other horrible things, but not that. Too many other writers turn to that.
And if you’re tempted to throw this awful piece of violence into your fic, ask yourself why. If the author has not written rape, why would you? What do you prove using this trope? Does your inclusion of it do anything for the victims of rape? Does it educate the reader in any way? Is there something better you could use in its place, something that could advance the character? Does it exorcise something in yourself that you need to be rid of? This last is the only reason I can think of for doing it, and then it would be too personal—I would want to use something else to put it at enough of a distance that I could write about it properly.
People will write what people will write, I understand that. I am not trying to ban anyone from writing as they want to when it comes to my fanfics. I just wanted to explain why you will never see a particular trope in my own work, and why.
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Fuck all the assholes that cruised past this on my blog and didn’t reblog, then went ahead and reblogged every fucking porn gif on my tumblr.
Do you people get that I am a sex worker and so are the people in those gifs? Fucking hypocritical fucks.
I’m not reblogging porn gifs. I am reblogging this for the decriminalization of sex work. I am reblogging for the right of sex workers to medical insurance, licensing, police protection, the right to pay taxes, the right to maintain clean, safe places of work, and the right not to be preyed upon by pimps and drug dealers. I am reblogging this for the right of sex workers to live the same lives as dancers and card dealers in casinos, free of fear.
The American approach to sex work is hypocritical in the max. We force girls, women, and lgbt people who have been kicked out of their homes into it, then raise out hands and cry blameless when they are forced into sex work to make enough money for food, rent, and child care, while the men who kicked them out pay them for their services, sell them drugs, and beat them up. We sniff and say, “What did you expect?” when they are found beaten, knifed, or strangled to death in some dreadful place when it is our fault they have been forced to work there, forced to take drugs and buy from dealers to tolerate that kind of work, and treated like beasts by the people who dumped them.
Some people will still end up in the dark, but if sex work is legalized, they will have many more protections, and well-lit, protected places to work, and people who will care about them. We will reduce the risks to them in so many ways. They are our sisters and brothers. We owe them the safeties we have.
Sea Spines necklace, up now on my etsy store. #jewelry
Pestilence necklace is up in my etsy shop. It’s the first in my Gour Horsemen series. #jewelry #skulls
Black Möbius Necklace now available on my etsy shop. #chainmaile #jewelry