This is the comment I left on the last published chapter of the series ‘From boyfriend to butler’:
The discussion between the readers on the series’ last chapter and the author of this story led to a lengthy discussion about the series among the approvers and myself.
I understand that there are many people who this kind of story is striking a chord with. Hell, “50 Shades of Grey” fascinated millions of people. The game of powerplay and submission is fascinating to many people, and putting oneself in one of these positions is arousing to a lot of people. And that’s totally fine.
What irks me, and some of the other members of the approver team, too, is how uncomfortably close this is to everyday domestic violence in families all over the world. A reader even added that tag to the story and it’s well deserved. Contrary to all other stories on this site, where people are abused or taken advantage of in any way, this is something that is really happening somewhere all the time in countless of broken relationships. I even know similar cases within my own circle of acquaintances.
You can write that Matthew is getting sexual stimulation out of how Oliver is treating him, and that he’s actually consenting, but I don’t buy it. Not from what I’ve read in this chapter. This is simply emotional abuse. And for whatever reasons, most victims of such a treatment can’t break out of that relationship on their own accord, no matter how much they’re suffering.
I know this will create more discussions and some people will hate me and leave the site. That’s something I have to live with. But I also have to live with the fact that I’m distributing this text all over the world on my site, and the thought that even just a single person might get the wrong idea from reading this and delude themselves into believing that abusing his partner would be justified because they allegedly enjoy and earn it, is not acceptable to me.
I am sorry, but because of this, I will put an end to this series on this site.
The series and this comment will stay online for a couple of days, so people can read this comment and come to their own conclusion.
Feel free to discuss this decision here in this thread.