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The Abduction as Romance Trope is Thriving—But Not in the Romance Novel

Abduction as Romance is thriving in film, but thankfully romance authors are reinventing the mold around consent and sex and love.

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This Video Looks at the Dangerous Trope of “Stalking For Love” in Movies and TV

In this latest video from Pop Culture Detective, Jonathan McIntosh looks at the harmful trope of "stalking for love" in movies and TV shows, and how it "present[s] stalker-like behavior as a harmless or endearing part of romantic courtship."

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“The Case Against the Jedi” Takes on Toxic Masculinity in Star Wars

"Listening to the teachings of Yoda and Obi-Wan is a guaranteed recipe for creating lonely, angry, broken people."

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This Video Examines How The Big Bang Theory Normalizes A Competitive, Self-Hating Version of Geek Masculinity

In his second video on The Big Bang Theory, YouTuber Pop Culture Detective examines how the show normalizes a vision of masculinity in which men police and humiliate each other when they dare to demonstrate emotional openness, vulnerability, and other "feminine" behaviors.

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