I had trouble getting past the 'win a wife' part. I kept seeing 'good Christian men' (or in this case 18 year-old boys) lined up to throw darts at balloons. The winner gets to take home the prettiest, most chaste, dress-wearing, girl. He tosses his prize over his shoulder--or does he grab her by the hair caveman style and drag her home?

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Funny, after I wrote that I thought about the other way of viewing it. We're not our characters, but what we write does reflect who we are, doesn't it? I put this is question form because it's a complicated subject. If we return to something again and again there's a reason, but it's hard for a reader to know what that reason is. If you know it's going to be upsetting for you every time you read it (I wouldn't keep reading an author who puts rape in every book even if it's quality literature) then it makes sense to skip their books.

Anyway, that's my deep thought for the day. Have a good one!

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