Actress/director/poet Amber Tamblyn‘s debut novel Any Man hit shelves last week and is already making headlines. The book tackles rape culture with a clever twist: the story follows a serial female rapist named Maude, who sexually assaults several men.
Any Man blends poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture.
When asked about her choice to write about a woman as a rapist, Tamblyn says:
I was thinking about creating a female antagonist that broke a lot of the tropes of what female antagonists were allowed to be. Antagonists usually have certain redeeming qualities no matter how terrible they are, or their actions come with a reason (you know, getting back at a man). I wanted to create a predator who mirrors a lot of real-life predators in the sense that they are almost untouchable. I wanted to create a woman who had no consequences in the way that I feel men often don’t have consequences for their actions.