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08:13:13 AM Feb 18th 2015
edited by Gowan
I have doubts about the Discworld example. Angua is said there to have many relationships. I remember her being in a committed relationship with Carrot. Can someone who has read those novels recently take a look at that? While she is certainly not prudish with Carrot, I don't remember her sleeping around, but it may have happened in the early novels.
07:56:13 AM Nov 1st 2011
edited by Trismegustis
You know, kind of a lot of this page are aversions, subversions and inversions, to the point where it seems like examples of it being played straight in fiction are very much the minority. Can we get more examples of it played straight?

EDIT: Just to head anyone off, no, I haven't counted up how many are played straight versus how many are averted or inverted.
05:44:42 PM Dec 2nd 2011
On a related note, on a subject a little more broad than my last comment, the introduction (I awkwardly edited the first sentence to read "certain parts of fictionland" back in the day) and many wicks throughout the wiki make it sound as if this trope, or the idea that "all women have no desire for sex, nor should they, and any exceptions are aberrations" is actually a common theme of modern fiction that has largely or virtually displaced anything to the contrary... when, well, it hasn't. Not remotely. Is there something I'm not seeing here?
06:15:43 PM Dec 22nd 2011
edited by stewyworks333
I do notice that at any chance, All Women Are Prudes tends to be shoehorned into as much tropes as possible, taken to ridiculous levels. It sounds like someone has some serious Author Tract to say that women do not and can not like sex, while men are always, or at least more perverted. About half the pages mixed with gender sexuality seems to give off this message.
08:07:41 PM Jan 20th 2012
edited by Caswin
Odd, all of the examples I've seen make it sound like someone has a serious ax to grind about how vast swaths of modern fiction supposedly say that women-do-not-and-can-not-like-sex-et cetera... when, again, that's one thing I can't attribute to a single work of modern fiction that I know of, never mind seeing it as the prevailing attitude. Maybe we're reading different pages?

Either way, there's a problem.
08:01:02 PM Feb 2nd 2011
Can someone explain what happened to the real life section? (Same for All Women Are Lustful)
08:21:21 PM Aug 17th 2010
edited by Caswin
I'm trying to come up with any examples of "a woman who enjoys sex" being associated with "this woman is a Complete Monster" and coming up blank. Where did that come from?

EDIT: Actually... the more I look at this, the less it sounds like a remotely accurate description of "fictionland". And (whether you personally agree or not) when did saving yourself for marriage become a Warped Aesop?
07:58:14 AM Aug 23rd 2010
I cut out some of the things that have built up over time. I'm sure I could come up with a hundred examples of fictional women who enjoy sex and aren't portrayed as utter monsters for it — seriously, that one still has me lost; acknowledging that sexism is certainly a problem, it sounds like finding victimization where it doesn't exist — and enough where enjoying sex doesn't designate them as "easy picks" to keep it from being an accurate generalization of Fictionland.
05:12:11 PM Aug 23rd 2010
"And (whether you personally agree or not) when did saving yourself for marriage become a Warped Aesop?"

Heh. I suppose any Aesop that promoted anything but promiscuity and consequence-free sex would be 'warped.'

How about this thought. Present the pros and cons of both positions and let people decide for themselves.
10:19:49 AM Dec 24th 2010
"I'm trying to come up with any examples of "a woman who enjoys sex" being associated with "this woman is a Complete Monster" and coming up blank."

What about Fatal Attraction?
02:20:05 PM Jan 31st 2011
Well, I never saw Fatal Attraction... but if it seriously paints Alex as an evil beast for her pursuit of sex, I guess that would be one example. (Otherwise it's just "a woman who enjoys sex" — shock — "and is also evil," which has a much stronger grounding than "a woman who enjoys having sex and is therefore evil.")
10:33:07 PM Jun 16th 2010
The section under "Real Life" strikes this Troper as rather inaccurate and a tad offensive. If you go to the wikipedia page linked to "rape culture," anyone can see that that term "rape culture" does not have anything to do with "society's constant need for Rape." What is that even supposed to mean? As Wikipedia says, "rape culture (or rape-supportive culture)" is a term used in women's studies and means "a culture in which prevalent attitudes, norms, practices, and media condone, normalize, excuse, or encourage sexualized violence."

I don't think anyone aware, ESPECIALLY feminists, would embrace the myth that women have no sex drive in order to confuse consensual sex with rape. That does not sound like a feminist agenda at all. Most feminists would agree with this trope page for calling out this trope and pointing out its inaccuracy.

Also, "can't stop droning"? That's a bit condescending, don't you think?

07:25:30 AM Jun 23rd 2010
I just went ahead and took it out— it didn't seem to have any purpose at all except as a Take That!. There are lots of little Take Thats and people using tropes to deconstruct their personal strawmen scattered all over the wiki. From what I've seen, 99.9% of the time, they really don't serve any purpose at all, certainly not to aid in explaining the trope in question or why a certain thing is actually an example of it. Anyway, people shouldn't worry about going ahead and deleting these when they run across them— the main page for Take That! even asks people to get rid of them.
02:57:36 PM Jun 23rd 2010
I support your decision Caireach. I attempted to edit it to make sense and get rid of the snark but I think there was little substance to it beyond snark.
04:12:31 PM Apr 16th 2010
...there is the whole Older Than Dirt bit about "only lose your virginity to the man you love", which is still in force nowadays, albeit waning.

This makes it sound like monogamy is one of those quaint old ideas from the Victorian days that nobody really cares about anymore and was kind of silly to worry about in the first place. I think it's patronizing and overly negative and should be changed.

Don't we have A Man Is Not a Virgin to point out the way the media pretends that virginity is a horrible curse no mortal should put up with for longer than he has to? This belief is silly there and it's silly here as well.

There are plenty of reasons, even in our modern society, to put off having sex until you are sure that the person you're sharing it with is worth the union. These reasons range from physical health to mental and emotional health to legal ramifications, and even though many take these risks lightly, it's in poor spirit to belittle those of us who choose to take them more seriously.

Could someone please change that section to be more neutral in tone, rather than so judgmental?
05:15:52 PM Apr 16th 2010
edited by girlyboy
Firstly, this is not about monogamy, it's about not having sex before marriage / finding your "one true love." There's no comment on monogamy (i.e. being in a sexual relationship with only one person) in that line at all.

Secondly, the language does not strike me personally as judgemental. This section of the article simply explains the reasons for why women "wouldn't want sex," as portrayed in the media. "Older than dirt" is not a way of judging an idea, but simply points out that it's old by referring to another trope (which is neither good nor bad. "Older than dirt" is often used in a fairly positive way, to refer to "classic" ideas that have a long history). Saying the idea is waning also isn't a judgement of it. It is waning. Again, this neither means that it's a good idea, nor that it's a bad one. Good ideas lose popularity sometimes, and bad ideas come to the fore; and the reverse also happens. It is a fact that abstinence until marriage is not nearly as huge an idea in society today as it once was. That's not a judgement of people who choose to be abstinent.

Thirdly, this line is meant to point out that there was a standard for a woman to only lose virginity to the man she loves. This trope is not gender-neutral. I think we can all agree that having separate standards for men and women as far as promiscuity and abstinence goes is a bit unfair. I still don't think the line is judgemental, but in your comment you make it sound like it's a gender neutral statement about the relative values of promiscuity and abstinence. Bringing up "A Man Is Not a Virgin" also highlights this. That trope doesn't say "virginity is bad," it says "virginity for a man is bad."

And incidentally, that trope doesn't actually portray the idea that men shouldn't be virgins as a good thing. It simply states that this is an idea often found in the media. The fact that a trope exists does not mean that the Troper community endorses its application to Real Life (in fact, that's rarely the case) — only that it is an idea often found in the media.

So, in short, I disagree with the call to edit the line.
11:06:26 PM Mar 10th 2010
What does the picture have to do with All Women Are Prudes?
03:36:58 AM Mar 11th 2010
Seconded. What does it actually mean?
04:54:20 PM Mar 16th 2010
The belief that women should just "lie back and think of England" during sex. Because sex pleased the husband and we all know it doesn't please any woman.
08:16:52 AM Jun 9th 2010
So, why isn't the picture on Lie Back and Think of England?
09:24:48 AM Sep 23rd 2010
And why has the pic got the Union Flag on it instead of St. George's cross?
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