Author C.E. Kilgore wrote an intense post called Dubious Consent: Sci-Fi Romance’s Dirty Little Secret (beware triggers). Here’s an excerpt:
What I will do, is turn the spot light on my own main genre, Science Fiction Romance, and bring to discussion a subject matter that I find even worse than poorly-handled rape in fiction. It’s called Dubious Consent, and for some reason I haven’t been able to figure out, it has become a commonly used trope in our genre. This makes me sad and a bit angry. I think we sci-fi romance writers are smarter than this. I think we can do better…...Dubious consent is a trope that needs to die.
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