Y is for Yelling – Alphabet Challenge
Have you ever noticed how so many romance heroines (particularly spanking romance heroines) yell and carry on? I don’t mean during a spanking, but rather preceding one, or even causing one. It seems like these women can’t hold their tempers worth a darn. They yell, scream, threaten, even try to hit. Is this a consequence of the spanking romance genre, or is this part of real life?
Men can be victims of domestic violence. We often think of women in shelters but men get abused by their spouses, girlfriends, etc., regularly as well. And woe betide the man who yells back; he’s immediately accused of mental abuse. Men and boys learn early on not to be harsh with women. Some men cross the line, but women do too and society cares a lot less about that. Where does this begin? Does it start with yelling? Throwing things? What makes women turn to violence against an otherwise non-violent spouse? We can’t possibly know all the reasons, but my guess is that yelling is a big part of it.
Personally, I would never yell at my husband. I’m not a yelling sort. He would never yell at me—never has—and I want to give him the same respect. But a lot of people do get into yelling matches. Maybe it makes it that much better to make up later.
But in a spanking romance novel, a woman can get emotionally outrageous, and the result will be a spanking, sometimes tears, and a hug at the end. I do this in my novels, and in fact, one instance comes to mind quickly: Queenie’s belligerent encounter with Will, in Spanking Her Highness. She really gets her mad on, and Will’s answer is to toss her over his shoulder and take her off for a spanking. It works in the case of a fictional romance, but I think there might be other consequences if this was a real life situation.
Do we portray the effects of people yelling at each other realistically in spanking romance? Is this another case where the reader needs to suspend her disbelief rather than finding the fiction ridiculous?
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