We discuss the mythological origins and depictions of the succubus and how succubi are portrayed on Lost Girl with regard to issues of sexual consent. We are joined by Melina Pendulum, who comments about pop culture and race, sexuality, and other social issues on her YouTube channel.
Succubus of Mythology
- Sexual predator, female sexuality as dangerous
- Lilith as first succubus
- Monks blamed succubi for their unchaste thoughts and nocturnal emissions
- Incubus/succubus shapeshifter — succubus collects semen from its victims, while an incubus uses it to impregnate its victims. Its offspring are witches, more or less.
- Scientific explanation: sleep paralysis
Succubi of Lost Girl
- Sexual needs
- Chi suck
- Tingly touch
- Blood binding (though seems to be unique to Bo & Aife)
- Introduction of saving Kenzi from the guy who roofied her
- Usually she doesn’t coerce people into having sex with her and those who do know she is a succubus
- POSSIBLE EXCEPTIONS: fast food worker in “Something Wicked This Fae Comes” & Tad in “When God Opens a Window”
- More of a traditional succubus figure
- She apparently forces herself on Dyson in “(Dis)Members Only”
- However, she herself is likely a victim of sexual assault multiple times over
Other Succubi and Sexy-time Related Powers
- In this book series by Laurel K. Hamilton, Anita Blake eventually becomes a succubus as a way to explain her supernatural sex vagina.
- Consent is never really an issue in her narrative because everyone has always wanted to sleep with her (see: magical vagina) and most of her partners are supernatural and therefore know about sexy magic and want to give it a spin.
- Her being a succubus is also used to justify her sexual nature. She has to have sex because she’s a succubus so it alleviates her from being a “slut” because there is a “real reason” for her to have 10+ partners at any one time.
- Heteronormative overall, but she has had in more recent books female sexual partners and sees herself as “heteroflexible”
- In this book series by Richelle Mead, succubi are agents of Hell. Georgina can change her appearance to become whatever she wants and targets evil people specifically in order to pin their souls for Hell and sometimes has to corrupt good people.
- Outside of that, she is very Bo like it wanting to be monogamous with someone she loves and having guilt about draining the life force of her actual partners or potentially killing her partners.
- Part of her issue is that since she is a demon she could end up sending her partner to hell, so there is that. She was not born a succubus she agreed to become one for loves (of course) and is heterosexual.
- Consent is again not discussed because she becomes whatever the target wants her to be and for the most part they are bad people.
Alisha from Misfits
- Misfits is very similar to Lost Girl in terms of being a campy supernatural show. In this show the main leads get caught out in a freak lightning storm and get powers.
- Alisha gets a really shit power that makes anyone who touches her want to have sex with her instantly. This power is portrayed as being very dangerous and she is almost sexual assaulted many times because of it.
- She tries to take advantage of it and have sex with people, but one of the main guys she sleeps with calls it out as rape because even though he is attracted to her and wanted to have sex with her the power removes any ability he has to say yes.
- Alisha and Curtis then engage in a non-touching relationship because of her powers and it isn’t until they are gone that she can have a genuine sexual relationship again.
Other Lost Girl Moments Related to Consent
Lauren and the Ghostly Encounter
- We have said our piece about the ghost sex(ual assualt?) in our “Like Hell, Part 2” episode. Melina also found it troubling and an odd writing choice.
- While the scene itself was unsettling, the conclusion of the storyline troubled us the most. Bo makes a joke about it, and Lauren makes a jokey comment in return.
Lauren Helps Bo with Her Sex Drive
- Listener Mahlers5th finds both Lauren’s line in “Faes Wide Shut” about every patient of hers being a potential tryst and the moment in “Big in Japan” when Lauren offers to help Bo with her lack of sex drive to be problematic.
- Both Kris and Melina find the line in “Faes Wide Shut” to be strange. It strikes an uncomfortable or potentially skeevy chord. While Stephanie thinks the joke isn’t particularly good, she thinks it’s clear that Lauren is kidding, and she isn’t bothered by the line.
- None of us are particularly bothered by the lab scene between Lauren and Bo because while we think of Lauren as a doctor, we don’t really think of her as Bo’s doctor.
- However, in a real world context, Bo and Lauren’s relationship is inappropriate because it violates the Hippocratic oath.
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