Whilst discussing the recent case of the California solider that set up his ex-girlfriend to be raped via Craigslist, several of us at Armada HQ began to talk about the growing existence of rape fantasy. Having read Chuck Palahnuiks Choke (and seen the movie) we were aware that this twisted fantasy was seeping into the mainstream, but after a few quick goggle searches we were side tracked by the prevalence of what is affectionately referred to as “Rape Comix”. A sub genre of BDSM art and mainly grouped alongside it, Rape Comix are more than fantasy role play. Rape Comix depict forced sexual situations in which the victim (almost always a woman) is normally depicted crying or bleeding, often both. She isn’t merely bound and gagged, but often held down with hands, or feet or sat upon by someone larger and forced to perform. And that’s just the tip of the ice berg, we ran across forced bestiality, mutilation, and even sadistic dismemberment. No stranger to the sick and depraved we were merely disgusted by the work, which in many cases was presented in slick, stylized, well drawn art. The cause for alarm should be that what of the people, better yet what of the kids who get turned on by this? What of the thirteen year old in his room beating off to this? Rape in comic books is nothing new, a few years back DC comics began its biggest revitalization (still rolling today) with the rape and murder of Sue Dibny wife of superhero Elongated man (insert joke here). Rape or simulated rape has always been predominate in mainstream comics, since the 1940’s. In her early stages Wonder Woman was shown on nearly every cover bound and helpless. That was her gimmick, the silly girl who got tied up, but was secretly strong enough to break the binds. Characters like Black Canary even gained their origin through rape, although not always shown it was implied. This was part of the argument made by Fredric Wertham in his book Seduction of the Innocent, which lead to the creation of the Comics Authority Code. They were right to some extent but you cannot regulate freedom of expression, you cannot regulate another person’s fantasies either. No matter how potentially dangerous they may be. According to a Psychology Today article; A recent analysis of 20 studies over the last 30 years indicates that between 31% and 57% of women have rape fantasies, and these fantasies are frequent or preferred in 9% to 17% of women. There is nothing that can be done about that. Men and women alike tend to fetishsize the taboo, we gravitate towards the forbidden. Let’s just hope that the majority of people into Rape Comixs keep the fantasies in the funny books.