…critics have responded to the piece on the one hand by lambasting McClelland for being (as McClelland puts it) an “insane racist narcissist” for her portrayal of Haiti in the essay. One the other hand, they’ve also suggested that McClelland’s stated desire for violent sex will convince rapists that women want to be raped.
I’m hoping Simone reads from her essay featuring the Skoptsy, a religious sect in 19th-century Russia, whose most defining belief was the necessity of castration.
Who knows why some characters stick around while others just pass through? The same question could be asked about most relationships, I guess. The only real difference is that, for writers, some relationships exist in the real world, and others exist in your head.