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Art Show: Bodice Ripper

the Jack of Hearts

by john christopher borrero

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Definition of Bodice ripper From Wikipedia

A bodice ripper is genre of romantic fiction, often historical fiction, in which the heroine often loses her virginity by force. They are typically full of unrestrained romantic passion. Usually the cover depicts a female whose bodice is being ripped by a muscular, often shirtless man. Often she first resists him, but is later overcome with passion.

They may be viewed as a form of escapist fiction, with the historical background providing a way of allowing the reader to indulge in a rape fantasy without guilt.

This digital collage is made from several photo images from a variety of sources. The cover text leads you to believe this is a typical romance, perhaps.

However, the back cover shares a deeper feminist point of view. It is the opinion of the author and artist that this type of 'romance' is anything but....

Back Cover Text: Was it a moment of passion if she clearly screamed "NO!" Was he justified in his actions when she invited him to the secluded local? You be the judge and the jury in this tale of love gone wrong. When is enough, enough? When is passion actually rape? In this stunning story, Author Sheba La Roux will call into question everything you thought you knew about the romance genre."

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Detail Image for art Rape is NOT Romance

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