R is for Resistance – Alphabet Challenge
Ah, we come to the consensual/non-consensual part of our alphabet program.
I like strong men and strong heroes. I like them to be physically strong and mentally strong. I get all squirmy when a hero can wrangle a heroine into his arms and captivate her intelligence. I love it when a hero understands self-denial, doesn’t spank when angry, and demands and gives respect. Reminds me of my husband. I’m a lucky lady. (And no, he’s not reading this.)
But what about that first spanking in spanking fiction? (Note: not real life.) Can it be non-consensual? Is consent required every single time a spanking takes place? How much negotiation does it take to screw in a light bulb? (Just kidding.)
In my fiction, and the fiction I enjoy, the spankings don’t have to be consensual. They can take place under duress, even. But (and this is a big condition), by the end of the book, there has to be agreement that spankings will take place if X, Y, or Z happens. If there’s no agreement by the end of the story, there has been no growth in the characters where discipline is concerned. I think most spanking fiction requires that a reader suspend her disbelief long enough to enjoy the non-consensual aspects without viewing them as assault. They are not intended to be permission for a real person to commit bodily harm on any other person. And, let’s face it, when spanking romance gets criticized by other fiction writers, it is often because those writers consider it assault to spank without consent. But there are a lot of things in fiction that aren’t real. That’s what makes it fiction!
So, how do you feel about non-consensual spankings in fiction?
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