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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Forced seduction is a trope in romantic literature and erotic literature. Jeremy Bentham alluded to real life practices in his 1789 An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation:

"If the consent be altogether wanting, the offence is called rape: if not fairly obtained, seduction simply: if not freely, it may be called forcible seduction. In any case, either the offence has gone the length of consummation, or has stopped short of that period; if it has gone that length, it takes one or other of the names just mentioned: if not, it may be included alike in all cases under the denomination of a simple lascivious injury.

In the domain of romantic literature bodice rippers often features a heroine who loses virginity by force, a heroine who initially dislikes and actively resists the hero's seduction, only ultimately to be overcome by desire.

In the domain of erotic literature, The Lustful Turk also features the theme of the virgin who is forcibly introduced to sexual acts and later becomes insatiable in her appetite for the carnal is a common theme in Victorian erotica. One other such work is "The Sheik" written by Edith Maude Hull, and published in 1919.

Other such works would be, "The Way of a Man with a Maid", a work of Victorian erotica concerning the forcible seduction of a girl called Alice by a Victorian gentleman or "My Grandmother's Tale, or May's Account of Her Introduction to the Art of Love", first published in Victorian Erotica periodical "The Pearl".

In the 20th and 21st centuries, the forced seduction trope was kept alive by such heroes as James Bond.

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