“People who are into dominance and submission tend to have their own vernacular,” says Zader.
“Some will say, ‘I’m a sub, and if you don’t know what that means, you don’t need to contact me,’” he says.
Twenty years later, Zader has had plenty of time to mull over the sexual dynamics at play there.
“It was a welcomed rape is what it was,” he concludes.
Almost 30 years after Rand’s death, her casket marked by a gigantic floral arrangement in the shape of a U. dollar sign, her economic ideas are gaining plenty of traction. Not every passage in Rand’s works speaks to her campaign platform, which is abridged in her 1,000-page 1957 allegorical novel: “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.” Rand’s heroic man is also into some pretty coercive sex.
Rand created objectivism, a philosophy that champions laissez-faire capitalism, individualism, and utter selfishness—a powerful opposition ideology at a time when government is growing and welfare for everyone is on the agenda.
“I will always feel this way about sex in the novel,” she says. Between Rand’s idealized heroes and heroines, why is the ideal sexual scenario a violent rape that the woman only privately desires?
Now 22 and a student at Georgetown University, Kate spent her tween years a committed objectivist. After reading her next Rand novel, A, Kate became obsessed with heroine Dagny Taggart, an idealistic capitalist who conquers the railroad industry—and submits to the violent sexual conquests of three men along the way.…It became my Bible for life for a while.” And the sex?“I know that many view it as a rape scene, but I definitely did not see it that way,” says Huynh of the scene.“That was the big draw for me as a teenage girl,” says Kate.“It was my first exposure to pornographic kind of materials.