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‘Kinda Rapey’ Part 2: Jessica Jones saves power, sex, and violence in 2015

 

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Last week I wrote about the problem of rape in serial television this year — in particular the hoopla surrounding Sansa’s rape on Game of Thrones* and Jamie’s rape on Outlander. A friend on Facebook also commented on the “glamorized” rape in American Horror Story which I must say I’ve had several water cooler conversations about with fans who find it borderline unbearable. Emphasis on the borderline! If a flooding of sexualized rape and violent sexuality is desensitizing viewers to discerning the difference between the two, is there any place on television where this is not happening?

[* GoT showrunners announced last week that they will be toning down the sexual violence on the show following the reactions to said scene]

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