Rape in the Media; Is There a Limit?

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  1. Alexander B. says:

    I don’t think there’s any need for it to be so graphic, like you said insinuation of rape gets the message across just as clearly. I had to stop watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because of it. Definitely think there should be warnings on anything contains scenes or references of rape. I don’t think it should be removed but handled with greater care.

  2. Alisha K. says:

    I think this is a tough one, because you’re talking about a post-apocalyptic world and I think part of the experience is that, as a reader, you should feel exactly the way you describe. There are horrifying things (though the instance I know you’re referencing is almost certainly the worst) throughout the series. NO ONE is safe, everyone suffers, and there have been a lot of moments that have shaken me to my core. But, as you say, I knew this going in. I chose it.

    I find the graphic novels good but flawed (far superior to the show), but for me, what redeems these scenes is not only that they are realistic, but that they do affect the survivors. Maybe they should be affected more (there is one horrifying event, for me, that didn’t have the sort of impact I felt it deserved, and that’s where I almost stopped reading), but while the characters are hardened and callous, these things do affect them, and they affect us, as the readers. I find it much more disturbing when people just bounce back from horrifying things in media and then act like nothing every happened. Here, at least, we know they’re suffering, and that they’re desperate, and that they are on the razor’s edge.

    • Nicole Marie says:

      I definitely agree, I think the biggest issue I take with the comics though is that one character in particular isn’t as affected as I feel I would be if I had gone through what she has. This is tough to discuss without spoiling anything, haha.