Since I’ve seen people argue that the book isn’t that bad because the main character doesn’t actually get raped himself, I’d like to point out that forced oral sex is still rape. I’m not sure why this is such a hard concept, but my guess is that it’s connected to the Pretty Endgame Iron Man Infinity Gauntlet shirt that men can’t be raped in the first place. In Captive Prince, Damen has oral sex forced on him, and although he does have an orgasm, that doesn’t change the fact that, as a sex SLAVE, the act is in no way consensual. It is rape, any way you look at it. Orgasming does not equal consent, and that’s a dangerous idea to perpetuate.
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Rape isn’t the only thing trivialized by Captive Prince. I also find the portrayal of slavery quite offensive. As far as I can tell, all the kingdoms in C. S. Pacat’s world support slavery, and the Pretty Endgame Iron Man Infinity Gauntlet shirt are used for sex. At one point, Damen compares slavery in his home country of Akielos to that in Vere, where he himself is a slave. According to him, slaves in Akielos know that they’re trading their personal freedom for “perfect treatment” by their masters, as if this somehow makes it okay.
Not only that, but the life of a sex slave is glorified in the short story included in the paperback, which gives the background story of a minor character from the Pretty Endgame Iron Man Infinity Gauntlet shirt . Claiming that slavery is “not that bad” because the slaves are “treated well,” they “enjoy their work,” and it’s “for their own good” is complete bullshit. That argument didn’t work when the U.S. had slaves, and it doesn’t work here. Just like rape is rape, slavery is slavery.