Comments: 3
My Reading Nook 7 years ago
I agree that I don't like the slut-shaming in NA romance (or in general) but when I think back to my HS and college days, there WAS a lot of this behavior between young women (and some young men). Unfortunate as it may be it IS a very real thing in our society.
Sometimes I wonder what the line is between portraying the reality of it in NA is and glorifying it is, though. I can get behind portraying the reality, but I can't get behind the way some narratives seem to passively condone the action. That's usually what upsets me. In HS, yeah, I saw a lot of it from personal experience. College, not as much in my personal experience, but I knew it existed and happened. I wish NA authors were more attuned to how the presentation comes across and be aware of its contexts.
My Reading Nook 7 years ago
I agree wholeheartedly!! It is not a behavior that should be glorified and that is where I draw a line too. This treatment of women should never be OK. So much in NA romance bugs me from the perspective of how it's being portrayed to younger readers...the uber jealous and controlling alpha hero is another one that I worry about along with how women treat each other in these books. I begin to wonder how all this plays out in readers' real lives if this is what is glorified by authors that young women have come to respect and uphold as a model. I'm old an know better now but when I was a teen with very little life experience yet, I might have felt differently. That slut-shaming is now being played out in online communities with cyber bullying and kids killing themselves because of it. And how many young girls/women think that the guy they are dating is just passionate when they should be running far far away from him??