Monday, June 2, 2014

Damn You, Ian Fleming

So, I'm on this kick to finish reading all the James Bond books by Ian Fleming before the 22 of this month.

(20 days, 4 books left. I CAN DO THIS!)

On Sunday, I read The Spy Who Loved Me. The whole thing, because it's rather short. While I'll blog about ALL of them after I've finished reading - I have to make one quick comment.

There's a lot of sexist, misogynistic thoughts and rough treatment of women that come from Bond's character. Literally, rough sex and he doesn't like marriage. I'm pretty all right with all of that, but I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this:


This coming from a female narrator. Written by a man. 

The horror. I can joke about Bond's treatment of women only so much. Then Fleming creates a character like this. A character who thinks rape is sexy and desirable, even thought she's got a past that directly contradicts her statement. I'm disgusted. 

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