Unfortunately many talented (and published) writers are male and they use their stories to create dream worlds. Predictably many of these worlds involve oppressing women. We don’t have too many high expectations because texts written within a patriarchy will inevitable betray their context. They still don’t have to make things even more crappy for women. Dudes, you’re not fooling anyone when you create a world in which polygamy just has to exist because so many of the men are being killed in your protagonist’s stupid wars. And FYI, I’d rather read about political intrigues than intra-species rape.
Has anyone else noticed the obsession with slave girls? Fantasy worlds teem with swords and slave girls where as in the realm of science-fiction you get slave girls and spaceships. Then of course you have the men travelling back in time in a fusion of those genres who create topless barmaids.
Is it so hard for male authors to realise that their readers might not be interested in chapter detailing the poor put upon hero’s attempt to mediate conflicts between his wives? The message that many of these authors are sending to men is “while creating a storyline I’ll be sure to create something you can wank at” while the message to women seems to be “women can read?”
Male escapist fantasy is just another day at the office for women.