Morsels (2008). As a text marketed toward the young adult group of
readers, the violent sexual content of Tender Morsels has been
subject to intense debate in the media and by parents and young readers
alike. Miller considers whether the text can be defined as a work of trauma
fiction, its relationship to its fairy-tale heritage and, in its
presentation of reality and fantasy, how far it can be considered a work of
future children. It is only after her husband's death that she reads on the heredity of vice and truly mourns her doomed husband and rails against women being raised in ignorance of such matters.
In such feministliterature, women are painted as society's sacrificial lambs to men's vice and secrecy.
Early twentieth-century feminists pointed to the dangers of marital transmission of syphilis as yet another example of the cruelties of marriage and its dangers to national health. The dangers of