Mor: Is repeatedly screwed over, belittled, gaslighted, denounced as irrational or simply incorrect, abandoned, forced into confrontation with her abusers, and is not allowed to embrace her sexuality
Nesta: is considered the ‘angry bitch’, Lucien completely mocks and patronizes her internally, has her agency repeatedly violated and removed, expected to be OK
Elain: Is considered ‘crazy’ until her thought processes are validated by others and events, is treated as fragile (despite fucking killing the big bad guy so you know she is capable)
Feyre: Not allowed to fight in several battles, considered selfish for following her own instincts/fighting her own battles, is considered a monster for destroying her abuser
Ianthe + Amarantha: allowed only to be the ‘seductress’, the ‘villainess’, given no expansion of character beyond they are thirsty for man meat and power. Rapists who are ‘dealt’ with through violence.
Rhysand: Is glorified as the romantic bad boy because it’s ‘all for a good cause’ and ‘he didn’t really mean it’
Me: Yes, this book has got problematic issues. Yes, I do recognize them. However, I also recognize the series’ many, many attempts at representation, at constructing a powerful narrative arc, at the many examples it gives of survivor empowerment, of acknowledging struggles, of recognising mistakes of past books and overwhelming the series with diversity of race and sexuality, of having members of the binary genders be fighters, thinkers, strategists, celibate, promiscuous, violent, and much, much more.
And regardless of all that, I enjoyed the damn book.
So I can like what I like and that doesn’t tell you damn shit about my social/political/ethical views.