Romance, Alphahole Tropes, and Patriarchy

Blogger, I Cannot Countenance Your Patriarchy — The Triumph of the Feminine in Romance

A rant from one of my favorite authors who is reacting to yet another piece criticizing the romance genre with some rather off-base arguments.

The original piece was actually criticizing  the asshole alpha-male trope that is present in some Romance works as well as other genres.  Even though the introduction seemed to take square aim at Romance,  the original piece ended up drawing rather exclusively on examples from non-Romance genres.  Ironically, plenty of the best romance novels can use the asshole alpha-male to undermine the whole uber-tough, uncaring, and patriarchal premise of those characters.

 

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