Same regarding the aristocracy and royals! And for me and contemporaries, the same with billionaires and millionaires. I’ve been struggling with that a lot: How can I read historicals when the genre’s baked-in views of class and wealth are the opposite of my political beliefs? Some HR authors have recently been writing “working class” heroes in an attempt to move away from “ballroom historicals,” but the hero is usually a gaming hell owner or a crime lord type (in other words, bosses), so still part of the 1% really.
At the same time, I love the style of HRs and some of my favorite authors write HR, so I keep reading them, even as it’s becoming increasingly problematic for me.