Jezebel had a great post today on cheesy 1980s romance novels that might have had more than a hint of misogyny.
In what I can only assume was a backlash against the feminist movement and increasingly independent portrayals of women, these romances contained an appallingly misogynistic bent made even more disturbing when you think that they were written both for and by women. The plots feature doormat heroines and sadistic, domineering males who see through their feeble protests and know that 'no' means 'yes.'
Just so we're clear though, the works of Betty Neels - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Neels - remains beyond reproach. Why do I mention Betty Neels? Um, no reason in particular…