Why We Need Romance Novels is a bold essay that situates romance novels within a sexist culture that more often than not punishes women for being sexually active or adventurous. The author argues that romances do not, overall, tend to subvert the existing paradigm, but rather, they do the important work of showing “a possible world within our paradigm, one in which women are able to seek sexual satisfaction with a trustworthy partner without fear.” Removing fear from exploring one’s sexuality tends to be a good thing, whether it happens through literature or better education.
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