Posts Categorized: Opinion

Dudesplaining, The April Edition

April 22, 2014 Opinion 23

Last night I was linked to Yet Another Genre Thinkpiece By Someone With A Penis Which Is Therefore Worthy Of My Time No Matter How Uninformed The Author. I ranted on Twitter (as one does) and filed it in the circular bin. Things followed the predictable cycle this morning and… Read more »

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My No-Time-To-Read-To-Be-Read List

My No-Time-To-Read-To-Be-Read List

February 28, 2014 Opinion 4

First, I’d like to say thank you to Ridley and Meoskop for going along with this. You rock! When we started this party in the margins, I had more time to read, mostly because my life was kinda sorta in shambles and when you can’t leave the couch, reading is… Read more »

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Moonstruck Madness and Domestic Violence

Moonstruck Madness and Domestic Violence

February 23, 2014 Opinion 1

I bang on a lot about the way domestic violence can be subtly normalized in the genre. Back in the day, the DV was more open and obvious than it is now. While rereading Moonstruck Madness I wondered if the lack of subtlety will make readers less accepting of the… Read more »

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Is It Romance Or Is It Erotica?

February 9, 2014 Opinion 22

Ridley and I are both advocates of porn. Wait, that sounds wrong. Hm, let’s try that again. There have been many discussions between Ridley and Meoskop (that’s me!) about what makes a good romance. We both believe the key ingredient is heroic people. By heroic we don’t mean perfect, we… Read more »

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Parsimonious Peers

Parsimonious Peers

January 12, 2014 Opinion 4

As usual, Sarah MacLean’s latest book made me crazy enough to follow my review with a generic genre fatigue piece. I don’t even know where to start, but I do know that this will go beyond spoilers and into examination. Read No Duke Goes Unpunished first, if you’re at all… Read more »

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Strawmen On Parade (Blame Las)

Strawmen On Parade (Blame Las)

January 5, 2014 Opinion 15

Pity the poor romance reader. Despite driving the mass market in sales she is never as fully appreciated as those who read loftier works, however the day is defining that. She must fight against the dismissive assumption by others that she is reading porn for women. She must fight, even… Read more »

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Reading While White (The Finicky Reader)

Reading While White (The Finicky Reader)

December 15, 2013 Opinion 8

The TL:DR edition of this post is “Fellow white readers, we’re cheating ourselves.” The PS TL:DR edition of this post is that I wrote it last week, and it’s been rendered moot by Liz & Beks laying it out straight in this comment thread. “It’s been my experience that when people… Read more »

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Multicultural Romance Roundtable

December 8, 2013 Opinion 25

Perhaps it’s a matter of confirmation bias, or just how my Twitter feed is constructed, but it seems to me like people are looking around Romancelandia and wondering where the multicultural stories are. Editors say they’re looking for it and readers say they want it. After a couple Twitter conversations… Read more »

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Can There Be Hokey Without Pokey?

Can There Be Hokey Without Pokey?

November 3, 2013 Opinion 13

I’ve been thinking a lot about Ridley’s excellent post on disability in romance. While I am completely over talking about the feminism of romance, I think I’m about to address romance and feminism. Except not really. (Romance and patriarchy, maybe?) All of it is Ridley’s fault. First she linked this… Read more »

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