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Author Topic: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O  (Read 5803446 times)

Frumple

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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #146580 on: Today at 07:18:34 am »

Nah, I hear yeh.

... still, dubcon/noncon is mainline pern. I think the series's primary fetish is actually that, heh. The treatment the author gives it is borderline fridge horror in how much it's casually passed over/downplayed, iirc, but the dragonrider link thing in relation to the critters mating... it basically puts the linked humans into full-on memetic porn animal heat. The people involved don't actually have much choice, and what choice they do have is seriously compromised. Consent's hella' questionable when that gets involved and it gets involved pretty regularly in the series.

It's actually probably easy to miss that that's what's going on -- like with the cat-whatever thing where a MC is raped and impregnated, the treatment of the issue is pretty damn low-key, to the extent there's any negative treatment of the issue at all -- but that's part of why she's hovering somewhere in spitting distance of Anthony for me :P
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #146581 on: Today at 09:17:36 am »

If you want to look at it charitably, it does logically follow that a society that has lived with the idea of dragon mating forcing humans to mate for hundreds of years would probably have less of an issue with that concept then we do today

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« Reply #146582 on: Today at 09:20:32 am »

However, it would also stand to reason, under the same set of circumstances-- that there would have been a strong need for, and subsequent providence for, dealing with the "Consequences" of such eventualities.

Given that this is a technologically advanced culture (that was able to genetically engineer telepathic fire-breathing lizards), you would think that there would be great advances in contraception, and increased options for choice, when and where choice becomes capable of being asserted, even if that choice is after the fact.

You would also have to consider, that early in the development of the culture, there would have been strong drive to create technological or biochemical means of supressing such "mating drive" in the human counterparts, that could be offered proactively (EG, part of a willful daily regimen. Such as say, with modern birth control pills.)

The fact that such a thing was not even suggested speaks volumes about the narrative intent of the author.  (It would be at least plausible that while the early culture would have been big on such options, later generations simply did not care as much, and it fell out of favor--or perhaps, that such work was undertaken, but no effective solution was found, or such measures disrupted the bond in dangerous ways.  That would still give you the same basic social structures, but not have a glaring hole of omission. It is not the same as "it does not exist." It not existing in the narrative universe is an indicator that the author did not even consider this aspect of their world, and had their eyes "elsewhere". Ahem.)
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