Sexualized Saturdays: Sirens and the Men Who (Are Forced To) Love Them

The trope of the siren seductress is probably one of my least favorite things. A story involving this trope usually goes something like this: evil woman with otherworldly powers seduces good man (or men); man does her evil bidding against his will; good women are betrayed and jealous but have to save the day anyway. It’s sexist: it promotes the idea that female sexuality is an evil thing; it’s heteronormative: it assumes that men are only attracted to women, and women are only attracted to men; and it’s insulting to both men and women: it boils them down to base sexual interactions and stupidity.

Imagine my chagrin when I tuned in to watch Lady Sif guest star on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and discovered that the plot was the most boring and predictable iteration of this trope.

"I'm here to fuck up the patriarchy. Why aren't we fucking up the patriarchy?!"

“I’m here to fuck up the patriarchy. Why aren’t we fucking up the patriarchy?!”

Trigger warning for discussion of rape beneath the cut. Continue reading