Today, I was perusing my twitter feed and hoping for the occasional cute cat video or NSFW candy from friends like Marie Sexton when I clicked on a link from author Daisy Harris.
Daisy had tweeted about being incensed at “bad science”, and her rant continued in tweet after tweet.
It’s not like Daisy to rant like that.
So, I clicked on the link (Shared reluctantly since I don’t want to give them any more publicity, but it would be good if you want to know what I’m talking about. You can read the offensive post here.)
Essentially, the article claims that romance novels can be addictive, and women should stop reading them, and start working on their real relationships.
Now, I’m sure there are women out there who are either afraid or intimidated by the idea of embarking on a real relationship. Many of these women might grab a romance novel and immerse themselves in the fiction instead of risking their hearts in a real scenario.
Many of those women might just as easily turn to alcohol, or to staying at home with a dozen cats (I’m halfway there) or facebook, or church, or dieting, or television! It is not that there is anything inherently addictive about romance novels, it is that they may simply be the security blanket of choice for a woman who has a mental or emotional problem.
I really wanted to add my comment to the post. I can argue a point without lowering myself to name calling or–as they did–bad science. However the site requires a person to register in order to post a comment! I have no intention of becoming their fan or getting on their mailing list just to call them out on their bad science and poor journalism.
So, if you please, here is place for discussion. Yes, my blog is set so that the first time a person posts, I have to approve it, but I’m usually pretty quick about that, and as long as it’s neither spam nor hate speech, the comments will stand as posted.
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