I wrote about the contentious issue of rape scenes in the movies for the Telegraph. Mercifully, they didn’t allow readers to make comments on it.
There are few more controversial and emotive subjects than rape, so one sympathises with the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) which in its annual report, published last week, resolves to “continue to intervene in relation to any depiction of sexual or sadistic violence which is likely to pose a non trivial harm risk through, for example: making sexual or sadistic violence look appealing.”
In fact, depicting rape in a salacious way appears to have fallen out of fashion in Hollywood, possibly due to political correctness, which is a mercy. I don’t like watching it, and I don’t know anyone – of either sex – who does. It’s a point at which the unspoken contract between film-makers and audiences becomes problematic: identifying with the victim feels like masochism, identifying with their assailant is hard for anyone who isn’t morally bankrupt, so you’re left in an uncomfortable void, wishing the film-makers hadn’t gone there.
To read on, please click on the picture of Margaux Hemingway in Lipstick (1976) (above) to be taken to the Telegraph website.
And here are another couple of pictures of Hemingway (who knows how to handle a shotgun – of course she does, with a name like that) in full-on revenge mode in a red sequinned dress.
- Films depicting sexual violence face higher classifications (telegraph.co.uk)
- “Is it still rape if you kill her first?” – Pub Quiz question from Radio bar, Glasgow (whatsleftoftheleft.com)
- Do Colleges Care More About Rapists Than About Rape Victims? (alternet.org)
- Rape Myths (slate.com)
- Abusing Freedom of Speech in 140 characters… (natashakalantar.wordpress.com)
- BBFC gets Railway Children complaint (bbc.co.uk)