Comments: 7
Portable Magic 6 months ago
So if I want to be cool, I should have some steamed broccoli with my book this weekend instead of the chocolate donut? :(
Tami 6 months ago
Oh, but who would want to be cool if it means no chocolate...

I just dislike this strange moral code in most romance novels - a few decades ago the female protags were all virgins, and now the authors grudgingly let them have some kind of sexual history, but always a dismal one - so the underlying message is still, that sex is no good if there is no love and you shouldn't enjoy it.. It still seems to say, that liking sex just for pleasure is wrong. Which I wholeheartedly disagree with.
Portable Magic 6 months ago
Agreed on both points. I sort of noticed that when I read so many romance novels for the valentines bingo this year, because I hadn't read in the genre for ages, but I hadn't really consciously put it together that way. Even the few that I've enjoyed recently are the same. That's really odd, now that I think of it.
Tami 6 months ago
It is, right? It's so strange, it happened to me with a lot of those romance tropes that you read them in a lot of stories but you don't realize if for some time, but you cannot unsee once you've seen.
It might be a very subtle form of slutshaming. Sexual history is only ok if you haven't enjoyed it much...
I do get that one may want the current love interest to be the greatest for the sake of the romance/love factor ("the ONE"), but then they could just not say much about the history. But it does get pointed out a lot...
Portable Magic 6 months ago
I think I'd like them better if they let go of the whole idea of "the ONE". But yeah, the slut-shaming. :(
Tami 6 months ago
So true. I might be finally growing up, nearing 40, that I find this unrealistic stuff not romantic or cute anymore, lol.
Portable Magic 6 months ago
Heh, that's about the same age that I lost patience with it, too. :)