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[ profile] cetacea asked me: How do you feel about the potential for non-consent with Bo's powers? (Warning: Obviously this post will discuss non-con.)

I've definitely had some issues with this over the run of the show. There's the issue of, if Bo is touching someone, how can she ever know that the sex is consensual? I feel like she needs to be getting very firm, verbal consent before ever touching a person skin-to-skin if she's going to have any sort of physical intimacy with them. Obviously there are the people she's in long-term romantic/sexual relationships with, like Lauren and Dyson, where that's sort of a given (although it would probably be best if they had had that conversation at some point). I think dealing with this issue could potentially be really interesting for the show, but as much as I enjoy it, I don't think Lost Girl is that ... introspective. As far as I can remember, no one Bo's ever slept with has gotten out of their succubus-induced sex pollen state and been like, "Hey, I didn't actually want to have sex with you." Which is sad because I think it could do Bo a lot of good to realize that there are negatives to her power besides physically harming people by sucking out too much lifeforce.

Although in the Lost Girl world, everyone is extremely sex positive. I mean, not Bo's human family that she ran from, but the fae world and most of the denizens of whatever Canadian city they're in are pretty sex positive, so issues of someone not wanting to have sex with super hot Bo never seem to come up.

Also, I think this is an issue with all the fae that can control or alter other fae's or human's minds and bodies. They all use their power with little regard for the consent of the people (especially humans) they're using them on. It's just that Bo's power is explicitly sexual, so it has that extra problematic layer. Although most of the fae end up using their powers for some sexual means anyway, so.

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Date: 2013-12-29 05:09 am (UTC)
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Really interesting! The lack of self-awareness about the consent issues is often what makes me slot the show firmly into the good-but-not-brilliant category. I always want it to go just that little bit deeper, but it never does, so it seems to be comfortable in the zone it's decided is its purview. It's good that fandom, at least, acknowledges those issues.

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Date: 2014-01-03 12:58 am (UTC)
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The lack of self-awareness about the consent issues is often what makes me slot the show firmly into the good-but-not-brilliant category.
Yes! The show could be something really great if it was willing to take a deeper look at some of these issues. It's enjoyable as it is, but nothing I list as one of the greats.


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