Consent is curiously absent from a lot of romance novels. But a/b/o stories tend to play with this in a more intentional way. A lot of stories featuring a/b/o dynamics feature dubious consent—but does it have to be that way?
Western culture likes to depict pregnancy as some blissful experience. For a lot of people, it's a risky--even life-threatening--experience.
Laws banning discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity are front-page news. But they seem to be overreaching on a lot of fronts.
You'd think a guy getting pregnant circumvents the biological essentialist standpoint. But mpreg often has a lot of bio-essentialist stances.
Some people think gender and biological sex are linked. In reality, we kind of made up everything about what makes a man or a woman.
Second wave feminism tried to dismantle more than the first wave. But 50 years on, we're still fixing what the 1960s and '70s got wrong.
We all know the stereotypical omegaverse alpha character: growly, possessive, jealous, and so on. Do all alphas have to be like that though?
Romance novels are the industry heavy-hitter, but everywhere we turn, they get slagged on. What's up with that?
On the surface, a culture that promotes innocence seems pretty harmless. Underneath, purity culture is much more sinister.
Sex work is considered pretty bad in our society, but not everyone has viewed it that way. Modern arguments against it tend not to hold water, and most of the problems don't originate in the profession itself, but with how society treats it.