September 27, 2013 03:43 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
We can’t say we’re surprised to learn that Melissa Gorga is once again in hot water…but we were taken aback by the nature of her latest scandal. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star is battling claims suggesting that her new book promotes marital rape.
Jezebel is known for releasing scathing book reviews, which is why, really, their recent assessment of Melissa Gorga’s book should not be such big news. In the controversial review, Tracie Morissey slams Melissa for her alleged support of marital rape. To prove her point, the Jezebel contributor highlights a passage in which male readers are advised, “If your wife says “no,” turn her around, and rip her clothes off. She wants to be dominated.”
Tracie Morissey takes great offense to this advice, explaining, “That is rape and it is insane that it got past the publisher.” The writer also finds several additional passages problematic, particularly those in which Melissa advocates that readers do their best to conform to traditional gender roles.
In this type of situation, the knee-jerk reaction of the criticized party is to claim that the highlighted passage was taken out of context. Lo and behold, that’s exactly Melissa’s response! In a seemingly failed effort at damage control, the reality star took to Twitter to hit back at the naysayers. “I’m so disgusted that a reporter has taken things completely out of context simply for shock value. If you’ve read my book, you know that I am promoting mutual love, respect, honesty, and loyalty.” Of course, Melissa never actually denied the rape claims, nor did she set the record straight regarding accusations of gender stereotyping.
We’re inclined to believe this negative review will actually work in Melissa Gorga’s favor. When you’re a reality star, any attention is good attention! What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below!
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