Rape scenes are usually lazy writing and directing

I’m spending this week getting ready for CONvergence – in the mean time, this article caught my eye.

Rape scenes are lazy writing. They’re also misogynistic on the face of it – they’re using women’s pain to arouse anger in men who are the presumed audience.

Another angry woman

Content warning: this post discusses rape, sexual violence and media misogyny

Rape scenes are horribly popular in the media, and seldom necessary. With a flicker of hope, I wonder if savvy viewers are finally kicking back against this tedious trope as an opening-night audience booed a completely gratuitous rape scene crowbarred into an opera.

The defences of the scene were the same old tired shit. The director of the Royal Opera House said:

“The production includes a scene which puts the spotlight on the brutal reality of women being abused during war time, and sexual violence being a tragic fact of war,”

while one of the cast said:

“Maybe it went a little longer than it should have, but it happened and I think it’s an element you can use to show just how horrible these people were that were occupying this town,”

while the director of the production…

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