Top 5 Ways Romance Novels are Important to Women’s Lives
Editor’s Note: this month is National Women’s Month and starting March 8th, International Women’s Day, we are featuring writers who have shared with us their thoughts on reading romance. Today we’ve asked SB Sarah from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books to share her thoughts. Click here for more blog posts on the subject!
By SB Sarah, blogger for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and author of Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels
5. There is no “Only if.”
In the “real world,” which is not always as pleasant as the world of romance novels, there are a slew of conditions attached to any decision a woman makes. But in the world of romance novels, there’s never a condition to your happiness. You can date that amazing man, you can run your own business, you can have children, you can achieve happiness… whenever and however you want. No conditions.
4. Orgasms are important.
Only in romance is women’s sexual satisfaction and fulfillment a requirement to a happily ever after.
3. No guilt. Ever.
Do romance heroines feel endlessly guilty for going after the man they want, for having desire and ambition, for gleefully buying shoes or for deciding that their own happiness is essential? Nope. Neither should we.
2. Reclaim Your Right To Daydream
Romances are often dismissed as fantasy cotton fluff for ignorant women. I call “Hogwash” on the latter part, and “So?” on the former. There are myriad methods for people to relax and immerse themselves in fantasy and creativity, and romances are merely one more, and no better or worse than any other. In fact, with cold reality being so annoying at times recently, escaping into daydreams is necessary and good for you.
1. We Win!
Only in romances do the heroines achieve autonomy, satisfaction, joy, peace, and happy resolution to real and painful problems, consistently and as a matter of course. In short, we win, without guilt, self-recrimination, or avarice. Romances celebrate women, and I can’t think of a more important reason to celebrate romances in return.