The relationship between misogyny and romance: a SJM study
Why female desire* isn’t problematic, but A Court of Thorns and Roses is.
In which I wade into an issue in depth, praying that the flame war gods do not strike me down.
**Please note that this essay discusses only the misogynist elements of SJM’s writing in the ACOTAR series. There are obviously other problematic elements that require acknowledgement, but this is the one I feel confident in addressing. I haven’t read any of ACOWAR yet.**
*also, female desire in this instance refers to the desire of the presumed female reader of romance. The reading of romance and YA is obviously not exclusive to women, although a lot of the assumptions of SJM’s work ascribe to the concept of a binary gender.