Rape fantasy

A ravishment or 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.


Rape fantasies occur in both the male and female sexual fantasy realms, and their contents range from unwilling seduction to violent, forceful sex. One can imagine one is the rapist, or that one is being raped. One book estimated that 24% of men and 36% of women have had a rape fantasy, and 10% of women report this to be their favorite type of fantasy . 45.8% of men in a 1980 study reported fantasizing during heterosexual intercourse about "a scene where [they had] the impression of being raped by a woman" (3.2% often and 42.6% sometimes); 44.7% of scenes where a seduced woman "pretends resisting;" and 33% of raping a woman.

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.

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.

Another relatively common theory is that the attraction some 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 fulfills a hereditary impulse that in civilized society where real rape has become socially intolerable.

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.

Rape fantasy in fiction

Rape fantasy is also a sub-genre of erotic fiction usually containing humorous and arousing conclusions. 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 high level of controversy surrounds a scene in Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead in which the male protagonist supposedly 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."

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.

In the Sam Peckinpah film Straw Dogs, Susan George portrays Amy Sumner, a woman who is raped by two workmen and appears to submit to the assault while initially resisting it. This scene was responsible for the film being denied a UK video release between 1984 and 2002, and was referenced on more than one occasion by real-life rapists.

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.

General Hospital Head Writer at the time Patricia Falken Smith created the popular story of a rape victim, Laura Webber (Genie Francis), who marries her rapist, Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary). The wedding of Luke and Laura on November 16/17, 1981 was the highest rated hour in soap opera history, garnering 30 million viewers. However, the switch from a rape to a "seduction" was the basis for criticism in later soap opera storylines outside of "General Hospital," notably the character of Eden Capwell Castillo on Santa Barbara. After having been brutally raped, Eden appeared on a talk show with two soap stars, "Link" and "Laurie," who had acted out a rape scene on "General Clinic." She was appalled and told them they had no idea what it was like to have been raped. The Santa Barbara writers took the further irony of this statement into account, and had Eden's portrayer, Marcy Walker, appear as herself at the end of the episode.

These above four instances of rape depicted without condemnation (for the most part) are notable for having been written by women.

In Chapter 24 of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, the nameless black protagonist is asked by a wealthy white woman to help her enact her sexual fantasy of being raped by a colored man, in one of the book's many racially charged episodes. A similar episode occurs in the post colonial novel Season of Migration to the North.

In Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Choke", the main male character and a female character engage in a rape-role playing fantasy. They have a safe word.


One form of sexual roleplaying is the rape fantasy, also called "ravishment" or Forced Sex Role play (FSRP) . Ravishment has become a more preferred term in BDSM circles, as it makes a distinction between consensual roleplay and nonconsensual assault.

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.

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.

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