Romantic Fictions

Nothing says sexy like human trafficking

One of the most disturbing trends in romance/erotica to me, is abduction. Not the role playing between consenting adults either. To be honest, I haven’t actually been able to finish one of these stories. They are so fucked up. They seem to be popping up more and more in paranormal romances. I’m not sure how often this theme shows up in other genres. The theme goes like this: Woman is abducted, forcefully taken somewhere against her will. The abductor, whether he’s done the deed himself or hired someone, is in need of a mate and can only accomplish this by stealing a woman. The woman is scared/angry and not having any of it, at first. Then by magical means, drugs/spells/potions, mind control or simply wearing her down with his extremely hot body & non stop advances, she falls madly in love with him/his unbelievable hotness. I have such a hard time with this being a thing being sold to women as hot romance. You were abducted? Who fucking cares, the dude is hot and has an epic dick. Still not into? We have ways around that. Drugs and/or mind control will loosen that pussy right up. Seriously, he’s really a […]

Romantic Fictions

Love Bites: Physically harming to mark women as property

There is a lot of biting going on in romance/erotica. Mainly in werewolf/vampire stories. It’s not what I would call ‘fun biting’ either. It’s a nip that brands the women in these stories as property of the men. The idea of being owned as a piece of property is really disturbing to me and not at all romantic or sexy. The women are usually forced into being bitten/claimed/owned by some life threatening or awful circumstance. She may agree to the biting, but it is a decision made under duress when she is given very little choice. Women being put in positions where we are forced to go along with what a man wants out of fear isn’t a hot fantasy. It is reality. A reality in which a woman can be seriously harmed by men for not going along with their wants. When it shows up in romantic fiction it helps to normalize men’s harmful behaviors. The men doing the biting are portrayed as the nice/good guy, doing all he can to save the damsel in distress. In many stories the events that lead to the biting are the result of his own actions. His asshat or careless behavior has […]

Romantic Fictions

And I don’t even rant on the fuckery with the title

This bit of romantic fiction has a lot going on with slut shaming, body shaming and nice guy hero worship that I had a hard time picking one trope to focus on.  I think that is true of a lot of romance novels. I read a fuck ton of them, so I should know. The MC is young and ‘curvy’. Curvy is a level of fat that isn’t fat at all. Curvy women have big boobs and nice asses. We know it’s ok to be fat if you are hourglass shaped.   This is supposed to be body positive, but falls short. She goes to great lengths to hide those curves the author spends so much page space telling us about. The ‘thug’ in this story is a rich white dude who has the privilege to chose to slum it to avoid is jerk family. Nice twist on Cinderella. Not.  She is ashamed of her body. She does her best to hide and keep covered up all in a fat shame/ slut shame way. Her body only becomes ok after a man approves of it and takes ownership of it. The slut shaming is a little less obvious. She is a […]

Goddesses Uncategorized

Aphrodite: Your body is not his temple.

Aphrodite. The goddess of love. The standard for female beauty. Adulteress jealous slut.   At least that is what some of her stories would have us believe.   She is the unattainable standard of beauty that women must strive for. Aphrodite is example of how the patriarchy will try to control and shame you for not playing by their rules.   Be her in the ways men find pleasing. Don’t be like her in ways they don’t.   They tell us she is silly, air headed, shallow and vain.  Women are silly, air headed, shallow and vain.  Brainless fuck toys.   When I read her stories, I see a women who refused to be bound by patriarchal rule. Aphrodite gives zero fucks about what anyone thought and stood in her power. A power so strong that the patriarchy is still trying to bind her, control her and strip away that power.   Aphrodite is a woman who continues to be herself no matter what the patriarchy tries to do to her.  She owns her sexualality. Even though Zeus (patriarchy) tries to take that from her through a forced marriage.   The harder the patriarchy works to control, shame, or disempower […]


The shedding of a skin.

The Myth Project, this blog, and every thing that will follow it, begins with the shedding of a skin. It’s a too small poorly fitting skin that grows around a girl like a strange armor. It’s supposed to shield her and keep her safe, but it crushes her under its weight. It’s useless against words, fists and all the things she has been told it will protect her from. It is only good at protecting her from her own power. Her own strength. Her own magick. Here I shed this skin. Not in one long perfect piece like snakes sometimes do, but in little bits burned away here and there over the years. The Myth Project is something that has been haunting me for a long time. I have done my best to ignore it. When you do intuitive work and regularly speak with Spirits, it gets really difficult to ignore a group of goddesses demanding your attention. I tried my best to ignore them. To drown out their whispering, I yelled excuses. I told myself all the reasons why I wasn’t good enough for this work. It worked for a while, but the discord it caused was painful. So […]