So I’ve been a little absent from the blog for the last few days. I skipped my regular Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday posts. I have a pretty good reason. I’ve been hard at work on a book that is turning into a beast (Bookie and the Beast I might call it) and listening to the sweet sound of jackhammers tearing apart my front stoop.
But really I haven’t been blogging because I’m suffering from PTSD. Well, not PTSD exactly, but I am reeling from the response to something I wrote last week called The (A)Sexual Politics of the Hunger Games. It was an incendiary post; I freely admit that. It got a lot of comments and started some interesting discussions, which I always love.
It also got a lot of hits. I mean A LOT. I broke my daily hit record three days in a row. It is now the most clicked on post on my blog apart from my home page. Now I’m not so delusional to think that people are clicking on this post because of the buzz of the post, or that people are sharing it here there and everywhere. The fact is that most people were arriving at it by accident, resulting from google searches. And this is what I’m reeling from.
The post concerned the unrealistic lack of sexual violence not just in The Hunger Games but in many YA dystopian worlds. Needless to say the word rape was used. Various other sexual terms were used. And here’s where it gets weird. A summary of the search terms used to find this post best expresses what has been troubling me:
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I understand that some of these searches were probably done by horny teenage boys. I also understand that someone might think ‘cato from the hunger games looks like a rapist’. I could understand even if they tweeted it. But why would you google this? Are they looking for someone who agrees with them? (I don’t). And I can only imagine that the search “sexy katniss fucked hard hunger games” was looking for some kind of pornographic homage (possibly titled The Finger Games or maybe The Hung Games?). But really people, what the fuck? Have I stumbled on a zeitgeist? Here I was thinking it was just my weird pedantic little brain that was obsessing about this issue, but apparently not.
Anyway, I appreciate the traffic to my blog, but seriously, the whole thing has left me feeling a bit skeevy.