Stop romanticizing intimate partner violence!
Western culture’s traditional gender ideology is woven seamlessly into both fairy tale and dark romance narratives. Central to traditional gender ideology is linking a woman’s worth to having a man. This has the potential to authorize men’s violence and women’s toleration and forgiveness. As currently crafted, these narratives invite women to accommodate, defer, and tolerate unspeakable abuses in order to keep their men. The gendered romance narratives currently legitimated in western culture offer insufficient stories of individuals and relationships. They beg for revision.
Julia T. Wood (2001)