“It’s at the Wayland family manor. The Waylands had their home very close to where
Jocelyn and Valentine lived; they were their nearest neighbors. Ragnor suggested that your mother hide the book in their home, where Valentine would never look for it. In the library, as a matter of fact.”
“But Valentine lived in the Wayland manor for years after that,” Clary protested.
“Wouldn’t he have found it?”
“It was hidden inside another book. One Valentine was unlikely to ever open.” Magnus
smiled crookedly. “Simple Recipes for Housewives. No one can say your mother didn’t have a sense of humor.”
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 7: Where Angels Fear Tread
Oh my god, guys! I’m literally trying to not die of laughter because Clary missed the whole point of this story: The only reason Valentine never found the book of the white was because he was a sexist jackass. The feminist in me is living for the fact that Valentine’s adherence to traditional sexist gender roles is what bite him the ass.
And before ya’ll come for me, I’m not necessary against traditional gender roles altogether what I care about is a woman’s choice to live her life as she chooses. As a stay at home parent, that would make me a fucking hypocrite. However, I would put it passed a shitstain like Valentine to demand that Joceylen be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. You guys have to remember that Valentine literally violated her when Jocyelen was pregnant with their children while she was sleep. The only difference between something like date-rape and what Valentine did to his wife is the sexual component. be
It wouldn’t be too far to assume that Valentine forces her to don the role of the traditional housewife. So again, I love when sexist douchecanoes get theirs,
Now, let’s move on from that bit of hilarity and talk about Clary’s reaction for a moment. You guys notice that Clary doesn’t get the irony of what I just said up there? It just rolls over her head and this makes me think that sense Clary is our primary self-insert
Then, let’s talk about my final issue about this passage: Magnus Bane. Magnus Bane one of our two only queer characters so far (I’m not counting Aine yet) is reduced to a plot device again. I have gotten questions about should I give Clare some kudos for writing a bisexual character of color. And again, I’m going to point out scenes like this where we get nothing about Magnus’s friendship with Ragnor Fell, no background stories, no characterization to flesh out Ragnor Fell. No, Magnus is simply a plot device, a way for Cassandra Clare to explain everything about our new McGuffin. Again, Clare gets nothing from me and we as a community should never settle for bullshit like this.