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I hate when men smirk and gloat and say shit like “Women are attracted to powerful men,” like that negates any feminist impulse, like they think that at the heart of all women is this little, mincing girl that wants to be dominated.

I just roll my eyes because, dude. If you ever read the second half of any fucking harlequin novel ever, and saw how the hero always ends up blubbering on his knees and saying shit like “I can’t live without you! You unman me!” you’d realize that being attracted to powerful men is just the first part of a two-step plan.

The second step is to completely fucking annihilate him.

Apparently this is the most important thing I’ll ever say.

*clears throat* Allow me to quote Jayne Ann Krentz:

“In the romance novels … the woman always wins. With courage, intelligence, and gentleness she brings the most dangerous creature on earth, the human male, to his knees. More than that, she forces him to acknowledge her power as a woman.” (“Introduction” from Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of Romance.)

The romance hero may start as a total alphahole, but by the end of the novel, as stated above, HE HAS TO CHANGE. He needs to become respectful and treat the heroine as an equal partner, otherwise it won’t work. This is why Elizabeth Bennet refuses Mr Darcy the first time but accepts him later. This is what so many people miss. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this post.

More people need to read romance tbh. And read the book all the way to the end. And take notes on how the behavior of the male heroes change over the course of the book and how the heroine reacts to those changes.

Then they (men especially) need to reread the sex scenes. Then read it again. And again. And get it through their freaking skull what it means when women say they want a man who takes charge in bed. BECAUSE IT DOESNT MEAN WHAT THEY THINK IT MEANS

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