I read Octavia Butler's Fledgling about a year ago and expressed my distaste at its positive depiction of pedophilia. Although Shori is actually 53 years old, she has the body of a ten-year-old girl and is still considered a child by her culture. HELL NO. Also, the writing was blah.
Womanist Musings, one of my favorite social justice blogs, recently published a post, co-authored by blogmaster Renee and frequent contributor Sparky, that I agree with 100%. Not only do they take Butler to task on the pedophilia issue, they also point out that the Ina's aphrodesiac-like venom is extremely rape-ish and discuss some the book's racial problems as well. I recommend this piece very strongly. Like Sparky and Renee, I simply cannot believe so many people rave about Fledgling while blatantly ignoring the freaking child sex, among other things.
Read their post here.