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A rape fantasy is a sexual fantasy about participating in a rape, a fictional story about a rape, or an acted-out scene of pretend rape between consenting adults. A sexual fantasy is a fantasy of a sexual nature. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Informed consent is a legal condition whereby a person can be said to have given consent based upon a full appreciation and understanding of the facts and implications of any actions, with the individual being in possession of all of his faculties (not mentally retarded or mentally ill), and his...



Rape fantasies occur in both the male and female sexual fantasy realms, are relatively common across populations, and their contents range from unwilling seduction to violent, forceful sex. One can imagine one is the rapist, or that one is being raped. It is estimated that 24% of men and 36% of women have had a rape fantasy, and 10% of women report this is their favorite type of fantasy [1]. Rape is a crime where the victim is forced into sexual activity, in particular sexual penetration, against his or her will. ...

The most commonly held theory about this phenomenon is that many individuals turn to fantasies about being raped as a means of reconciling naturally-occurring sexual desires with the intense negative stigma their culture and/or creed affix to sexual activity. The fantasy serves as a psychological device through which the fantasizer can safely indulge in intense sexual experiences without guilt, by absolving themselves of responsibility for participating in the act. Many socially acceptable examples can be found in "bodice ripper" fiction. A bodice ripper is variant of romantic fiction, often historical fiction, in which the heroine often loses her virginity by force. ...

Rape fantasies can also represent an outlet for sexually submissive and/or dominant individuals. In such fantasies they can imagine themselves as having or lacking sexual control or power without actually participating in an illegal or immoral act. In human sexual behavior, a submissive is one who enjoys having any of a variety of BDSM practices performed upon them by a Dominant; or one who holds a submissive position within a relationship based upon Dominance and submission (Ds or D/s). ... In human sexual behavior, a dominant is one who enjoys performing any of a variety of BDSM practices upon a submissive; or one who holds a dominant position within a relationship based upon dominance and submission (DS). ... Illegal, or unlawful, is either prohibitted or not authorized by law. ... Morality is a complex of principles based on cultural, religious, and philosophical concepts and beliefs, by which an individual determines whether his or her actions are right or wrong. ...

Another relatively common theory is that the attraction men feel toward raping is an evolutionary relic of prehistoric man (thousands of years ago, those willing to rape were more likely to have their genes passed on). According to these sociobiological theories of rape, rape fantasy substitutes for a hereditary impulse that in civilized society has become socially intolerable. Sociobiological theories of rape are theories that explore what role, if any, evolutionary-psychological adaptations play in causing the act of rape in animals and humans. ...

It has been proposed that for some who have actually been sexually abused, rape fantasy may be a way to heal past wounds by exploring in a safe environment with a sense of control. Dr. Michael J. Bader, author of Arousal: The Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies, writes: "It is quite common that children who were abused grow up and develop sexual fantasies loosely based on their abuse. ... The adult indulging in a fantasy of sexual surrender or abasement is actually saying to her or himself: 'I'm recreating a terrifying or traumatic scene, but this time I'm in control because I'm scripting the scene ...'" [1] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Regardless, the presence of rape fantasies in a community or individual cannot be taken to imply that the fantasizers in reality condone rape, desire to rape others, or wish to be raped themselves. While actual rape is an act of control with sex being the chosen medium of that control, and by its nature exclusively an act of the rapist, rape fantasy is essentially sexual and indulged in from both the point of view of the rapist and, even more frequently, the victim.


Rape fantasy is also a sub-genre of erotic fiction. Just as some people like to imagine rape, others like to write and read about it. The taste is not restricted to purely pornographic works; the bodice ripper is a perennially popular sub-genre of mass-market romantic fiction. A genre is any of the traditional divisions of art forms from a single field of activity into various kinds according to criteria particular to that form. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Erotic literature. ... Pornography (from Greek πόρνη prostitute and γραφία writing) (more informally referred to as porn or porno) is the representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ... A bodice ripper is variant of romantic fiction, often historical fiction, in which the heroine often loses her virginity by force. ... This article refers to the wide variety of writing called romantic. For literature from the European Romantic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, see Romanticism: Art and Literature. ...

A high level of controversy surrounds a scene in Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead in which the male protagonist rapes the female protagonist not long after meeting her, even though the novel was not written with a deviant or shock-based theme. The raped character explicitly identifies the experience as rape, stating "He didn't ask my consent. He raped me." However, Rand is reported to have said, later, upon being asked about the scene, "If it was rape, it was rape by engraved invitation." It has been suggested that The Ayn Rand Collective be merged into this article or section. ... The Fountainhead, Centennial edition. ...

In Gone with the Wind by author Margaret Mitchell, Scarlett O'Hara is raped by her husband, Rhett Butler, and she later seems pleased rather than resentful of it. Gone with the Wind, an American novel by Margaret Mitchell, was published in 1936 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. ... Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell (November 8, 1900 - August 16, 1949) was the American author who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for her immensely successful novel, Gone with the Wind, that was published in 1936. ... Scarlett OHara (full name Katie Scarlett OHara Hamilton Kennedy Butler) is the protagonist in Margaret Mitchells novel, Gone with the Wind, and in the later film of the same name. ... Rhett Butler is the handsome, dashing fictional hero of Gone with The Wind written by American author, Margaret Mitchell. ...

In the Lina Wertmuller film Swept Away, a rich insensitive woman is stranded on a deserted island with a lower-class worker who rapes her while reciting communist propaganda. Afterwards, she becomes devoted and submissive to him. Lina Wertmüller (born Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spanol von Braueich on August 14, 1928) is a famous Italian film director of aristocratic Swiss descent. ... Swept Away is a 2002 romantic comedy film. ...

These above three instances of rape depicted without condemnation are notable for having been written by women.


One form of sexual roleplaying is the rape fantasy, also called "ravishment". Ravishment has become the more popular term in BDSM circles, as it makes a distinction between consensual roleplay and nonconsensual assault.[citation needed] Sexual roleplaying is the sexual behavior of playing some kind of character during a sexual encounter, in order to evoke a sexual fantasy in oneself and/or ones partner. ... A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. BDSM is a term which describes a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ...

Since the illusion of non-consensuality is important to the fantasy, one or more safewords are typically employed. This way, a participant can protest without stopping the scene, unless the safeword is used. Often a variation on the "stop-light" system is used, with different colors designating different messages: "red" to stop everything, "yellow" to slow down or take it easy, and so forth. For scenes where there is an element of surprise, the top or "ravisher" may use a "startword" or other identifying signal.[citation needed] A safeword is a codeword or series of codewords that are sometimes used in BDSM to mean that a bottom or submissive is reaching a limit or for the Top/Dom to stop the sceneplay. ...

In healthy ravishment scenes, all participants carefully negotiate what will transpire beforehand. Limits are respected and made very clear, to maintain safety and consensuality. Such negotiation would also include discussion of emotional issues for both partners, especially if there has been a prior history of actual sexual abuse or assault.[citation needed]

See also

A bodice ripper is variant of romantic fiction, often historical fiction, in which the heroine often loses her virginity by force. ...


  1. ^ Bader, Michael J. (2002). Arousal: The Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies (1st ed.). New York:St. Martin's Press pp. 112-113 ISBN 0-312-26933-1


  • Desmond Ravenstone (2005). Ravishment: The Dark Side of Erotic Fantasy. ISBN 1411655478.
  • Sex... And Cultural Taboo

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Rape fantasies are extremely common among both women and men.
Rape fantasies are essentially fantasies of sexual submission -- the desire to cede control to another person, or to have someone else take the dominant role.
In rare cases, people who wish to act out rape fantasies have suffered real sexual assault or abuse in the past, and playacting within safe boundaries and guidelines is their way of healing themselves, or gaining a sense of control of the situtation.
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