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BtGS: Virgins and villainesses (part 1)

Have you ever noticed that the women who have sex are often the first to die, while their virginal counterparts tend to last through to the bitter end? This week, Lucy, Charlotte, and I discuss the beginnings of this trope and its inherent sexism, along with a few tangents.

For those trying to keep up with everything we mention during the episode, here’s everything in a handy list:


  • Drangonlance by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis
  • The Sleeping Beauty Quartet by A. N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks
  • The Copper Cat Trilogy by Jen Williams
  • Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • The Belgariad by David Eddings
  • The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

TV and film

  • Scream
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Pitch Black
  • Riddick
  • Aliens
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Kill Bill
  • Misfits
  • The Walking Dead
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Terminator
  • Poltergeist
  • Star Trek: The Original Series

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About Megan Leigh

Writer and editor of Pop Verse. Co-host of Breaking the Glass Slipper. My special interests include publishing, creative writing, and geekery.


  1. For male villains using their sexuality, how about eremus in Stephen Donaldson’s The Mirror of her Dreams? I may be mis-remembering as its been a few years since I read it, but I recall that he deliberately sets out to seduce the heroine to obtain / deflect her powers to his own ends

    • Awesome! Thanks for the recommendation. Not read that one but will have to check it out (yet another to add to my enormous to-be-read pile!).

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