When Little Dog and Trevor practice sex, Trevor is afraid of the “bottom” position due to its associations with femininity and vulnerability. According to Little Dog, however, what Trevor sees as the “weaker” position during sex is actually a position of power: “Because submission, I soon learned, was also a kind of power. To be inside pleasure, Trevor needed me. I had a choice, a craft, whether he ascends or falls depends on my willingness to make room for him, for you cannot rise without having something to rise over” (118). Write an essay that explores the ways in which Little Dog disrupts Trevor’s (and our own) limited notions of “the bottom” position throughout the novel. Additionally you may consider how he disrupts the binary between victim/oppressor, hunter/prey, top/bottom, masculine/feminine in the novel.

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