rape

On Soap Operas, Rape Is Still Treated as a Crime of Lust and Passion

Soap writers are far from blameless when it comes to perpetuating rape myths.

Me Who?: Debbie Harry’s “Face It” and the Challenge of Addressing Outmoded Rape Narratives

The urge to superimpose the cultural context of today on the difficult truths of the past risks erasing them. Read more »

Victims Owe Us Nothing: Chanel Miller Reclaims Her Story and Identity in “Know My Name”

Chanel Miller’s weaving of her day-to-day life with the lingering trauma of her assault illustrates the singular way sexual-assault victims are asked to move through the world. Read more »

Jeannie Vanasco on Processing Rape by Writing About It

“The thing I felt most afraid of was publishing this and having feminists read it and be disappointed in me.” Read more »

Beyond Tabloid Crime: The Slow, Methodical Evolution of Sexual Assault on “Law & Order: SVU”

Though SVU has largely steered clear of the gore and intense luridness of other prime-time procedurals, it has still played into the idea that violence against women isn’t about the woman’s experience but rather about the remains of her body. Read more »

Drama, Not Trauma: Rape Culture, “Veronica Mars,” and the Spectacle of Sexual Violence

From the very beginning, sexual assault is simply fodder for drama in the world of Neptune, California. Read more »

In “The Nightingale,” Rape is a Tool of Colonialism

The horror depicted in The Nightingale is that of colonial violence’s endlessness, a war for power designed to go on forever. Read more »

Pure Love and Trust: HBO’s “Share” Shows Groundbreaking Post-Assault Parental Behavior

Share sets a groundbreaking new model for a fresh paradigm of post-assault parental behavior. Read more »

Popaganda: Let’s Talk about (Talking About) Sex

In the midst of the #MeToo movement, it’s clear that we’ve all still got a lot of work left to do to change the conversations we’re having around desire and sexuality. Read more »

Value Judgments: A Focus on “Good” Perpetrators is Bad for Victims

We need a reckoning in the courts—and beyond. Read more »

Backtalk: The Hideous Man Who Became President

This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss E. Jean Carroll’s cover story for New York magazine about all of the hideous men from her life. Through her piercing and frank prose, Carroll shares an account of sexual assault at the small hands of Trump. How will this latest accusation against Trump... Read more »

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