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The Vindication of the Rights of Man in Romance Novels

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Are men in romance novels granted agency & subjectivity, and do readers have the same expectations for male consent as they do for female characters in M/F romance? Lynell from Weekend Reader has some thoughts on mutual consent in romance, especially as she’s binging dark mafia romance with kidnapping plots. What happens when your real life values conflict with your fantasy world values, and how do ideas about happily ever after change as our culture changes?


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Guest: Lynell from Weekend Reader

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Books Mentioned:

  • Sabbatical by Katrina Jackson
  • That Time I Got Drunk and Yeeted a Love Potion At a Werewolf by Kimberly Lemming
  • The Spies That Love Her series: Her Only Valentine by Katrina Jackson
  • Toying with Temptation by AH Cunningham
  • Georgia Acadian series by Dria Anderson

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