The romance genre has embraced then tossed aside a number of institutional -isms since it’s inception. In the past: gay characters often telegraphed “villain” to readers, heroes and heroines of color were relegated to niche imprints, and rape was par for the course. But romance changes with the times, which is a huge part of why I love it so much.
So what’s the deal with Sheikh romance? It’s 2014, and it’s time for us to think about why this is the last remaining acceptable romance trope that should make us all feel squicky.
Read more of what she has to say here.