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Beyond Bodice-Rippers: How Romance Novels Came to Embrace Feminism

Another interesting article.

“Bodice-rippers,” the most famous term associated with the romance genre are, according to the book Beyond Heaving Bosoms: “typically set in the past, and the hero is a great deal older, more brutal, and more rapetastic than the heroine.” The heroines were young, virginal women whose purity was of paramount importance to their worth. The rapist-turned-true-love hero was a standard character.

The genre is known for promoting traditional gender roles, but a new generation of writers is challenging these conventions.

Source: Beyond Bodice-Rippers: How Romance Novels Came to Embrace Feminism

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