If you don’t know what the manosphere is, just be glad you’re not a total degenerate like me. I’m not signifying agreement with any aspects of manosphere philosophy that I’m including. I’m only entertaining myself, and hopefully giving people something to think about. (Maybe shaming some of the problematic crap out of the genre?….No…I can hope).
Without further ado, I’m going to explain tropes of the romance genre with redpill and blackpill philosophy. Hey, if we can have feminist literary criticism, why not manosphere literary criticism? Let’s do it.
Women have a pluralistic mating strategy
(Okay….fine. I’m guilty of this one. I enjoy a good love triangle. Checkmate).
Second Chance Romance with a Responsible Family Man
Dubious Consent or full-blown Rape
A large number of women have rape fantasies, because rape was part of human evolution. Women want a man who can sexually dominate them.
(That one fucking hurt me to write. Really though, if that’s NOT what is up with all the rape in the romance genre, then what IS the explanation?? Can I shame the other romance writers into being freaking regular?)
Women are biologically wired to be attracted to violent men. They are seeking out aggressive males who can protect them and their offspring. They also crave male dominance and low-inhibition men.
Ugh….I can’t help myself…..May God have mercy on my soul….Just thugmax, bro.
Hypergamy. Women love opportunistically. Romance, for women, is a vehicle to secure resources.
(No, really….there’s a lot of it)
Just darktriad max.
The Male Lead is a Player/Rake
Build dread in your plates, bro.
Women desire men that other women want.
The waitress or some other random woman flirts with the man right in front of the protagonist
See above. Women get off to the dread of losing their guy to another woman
Enemies to Lovers
Women love assholes. They need drama and conflict in their relationship in order to not get bored. Women get bored easily.
Beauty and the Beast Retellings
The ultimate female fantasy is to civilize an uncivilized man. Men who are already civilized are boring (paraphrased idea from Jordan Peterson).
The Protagonist is a Virgin
Women intuitively understand that their sexual marketplace value decreases with their body count. Deep down, they know that men desire virgins.
Hint of Violence
Women are hybristophiliacs. They shit-test to provoke violence in men.
Broken Boy/Wounded Puppy
This goes back to women wanting to civilize an uncivilized man. They want to “fix him.” This is why male emotional trauma is so incredibly fetishized by women.
Damsel in Distress
They’re the smaller, weaker sex and want a man who can protect them (but also maybe punch them in the face….it’s complicated).
There’s always a dog in cozy romance
Take the d-
My husband talked me out of this one. His exact words were, “God, Jy, don’t make normal people google that.”
Women love assholes
(Nobody in the world knows how deeply I wish I was trolling….This subgenre mostly remains relegated to the indie author sphere and serialization sites. Rarely do you see it in traditional publishing.)
Also, women crave male dominance. Feminism is one big shit-test.
Another trope mainly in the indie sphere. Take a scroll through the amazon smut or wattpad smut section. You are going to see a lot of plots surrounding women forced into sexual slavery.
….I’ve got nothing. This one is normal. Coworker romance away.
I’m not objective enough for this one. I think it’s just a fun setting…..I really love that subgenre though.
Time Travel Romance
I’m obviously not the right person to analyze this subgenre. Whatever is going on there, I’m super guilty of it. Half my oeuvre is time travel romance.
Hypergamy. The dude is always some fancy-pants lord or earl or something, and the chick is always broke. The Regency subgenre is one massive Cinderella retelling.
This one is usually fine. It’s just a fun setting.
Erm….I have no fahking clue.
Does anybody know why this is a thing?
You don’t have to use the manosphere to explain it. Why is this a genre? I’m actually very curious.
The degeneracy is going to kill me….Daddy issues. Obviously.
I’m sorry….I might have to take a vomit break soon. More Daddy issues. So…so many….
Bad Boy x Shy Girl
Women love assholes
Shy Guy Romance
This one is fine and I love it and wants to see so much more of it! ❤
Jyvur’s based husband has an edit, because he disagrees: He doesn’t believe shy guy romance writes shy guys realistically. He says that he bets they’re all handsome and tall and conventionally attractive, and the “shy” thing is a temporary attribute they overcome. The woman helps him overcome it and in the end, he’s just a standard male protagonist. Or like Hugh Grant in a rom-com, he’s sort of awkward, but rich and hot. Jyvur’s husband hasn’t read any shy guy romance, but he is convinced that is how shy guys are written.
This one is normal
No hate to this one either
Another one that’s fine and regular
Women have a pluralistic mating strategy
Regular Harem/Sheik Romance
Women get off to dread. They want to compete with other women.
The Hero is Always Tall and Ripped
But the Female Protagonist Looks Regular
Chad with Becky
Can be okay depending on how it is done. If the man is the one doing the forcing of the proximity (like in Beauty and the Beast retellings) then see ‘kidnapping’. But if the forced proximity is just coworkers who share an office, that’s all good.
Take the do-
Oh, that’s right. That one’s too degenerate for this blog. Moving on.
Stay tuned for a future blog post on how the paranormal romance genre proves hypergamy like nothing else. The ultimate hypergamy is a male lead with super-human powers with an average, human woman.
Oh man…*whew!* We made it! That was painful, wasn’t it?
Again, to clarify, I have not signified agreement with these ideas. I just applied them to common tropes in female-centric genres.
Take it as you will.
Obviously some of those tropes are pretty harmless.
But can we get rid of all the rape and kidnapping and asshole, alpha male leads?
I just REALLY feel like the romance genre makes us women look crazy. Like, we look real stupid. In front of God and the manosphere and everyone, we look stupid.
Shame isn’t a bad thing. Maybe we could have a little more of it?
I guess I feel so strongly about changing up the genre, because I really don’t believe women are turned on by rape and violence due to biology. I believe sexuality is far more influenced by culture than biology.
Women are taught from such a young age to fetishize male violence. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was my first exposure to it. That scene where the Beast destroys the room around her and terrifies her is far too sexually-charged a scene for a children’s movie. Don’t believe me? Look at how many similar scenes we find in romance and erotica. After has a scene of Hardin destroying his house. 50 Shades is absolutely layered with the ever-present threat of violence.
My question is WHY? Why is female fantasy filled with the fetishization of male violence?
Is it actually because of the evolutionary hard-wiring of the female brain?
I really, really hope not. I’d so much rather it be a case of culture, because that means we can change it.
Look at all the assholes on Tumblr getting wet to dead school shooters. Look at all the Columbine smut on wattpad.
What if the systemic fetishization of male violence is what created them? What if your dark erotica that you sell on amazon for 99 cents IS doing real harm? What if you’re contributing to the very phenomena that had Sol Pais, one of the many Columbine fangirls, planning an attack on the infamous high school? What if your fetish causes real dead children?
I’m such a believer that everything is connected, that nothing is harmless. Every idea ripples through the collective conscious.
Worse yet. What if men lash out in anger and violence when lonely, not due to testosterone, but because intuitively they understand that erratic behavior and violence makes them more appealing?
What if then?
Are the violent alpha males in your books still harmless?