The Creepy Rape Fantasy That Keeps Showing Up In Sci-Fi

Last year taught us that everyone in Hollywood necessity years of rigorous teach on how sexual permission operates, and some should be get said train behind walls of specific and barbed wire. But beyond the behind-the-scenes scandals, we should talk about how the movies and shows they make are so often crafted to appeal to the creepiest rape fantasies. That can’t be good for us, right?

And when it comes to this sort of thing, it’s possible that no genre is more insidious than fantasy/ sci-fi, which has its own very concrete collecting of “Sometimes non-consensual sexuality is also possible fun! ” scenarios that come up again and again.

Is It Still Rape If There’s Magic Involved?

Let’s rewind for a bit: If you’re a child of the ‘8 0s, you recollect when Revenge Of The Nerds was a big hit, and you are able even remember that the final victory of the main geek was when he put on a Darth Vader mask and pretended to be a hot girl’s boyfriend so he could bang her. This, as we have previously point out here that, is rape by deception, and here in the real world, it can totally get your ass thrown in prison. That, of course, does not happen in the movie, because once the ruse is revealed, the victim is delighted to learn that nerds are great at sex, and she rewards him for showing her the light. It should probably be noted that this movie was written by dudes.

20 th Television Creepy dudes.

Now fast-forward to Season 4 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer , in which the titular character * spins wheel of fantasy cliches * switchings torsoes with another daughter, Faith. Faith then impersonates Buffy and has sex with her boyfriend, Riley. It was Buffy’s body the whole period, but it was also still rape on Faith’s part, just like it’s still assault when someone attains you punch yourself with your own hand. The Buffy spinoff Angel built on that notion in the most convoluted behavior possible by having an ancient power possess the body of young woman and trick Angel’s son into impregnating her so she could give birth to her new human body( audiences cannot be weirded out by fantastical rape when they’re not wholly sure what the hell they’ve just seen ).

20 th Television Even Pete Campbell doesn’t deserve that.

The indicate Orphan Black , on the other hand, didn’t bother with any possession nonsense and straight up had its protagonist impersonate her * spins wheel of sci-fi cliches * clone, then have sex with the woman’s boyfriend in the very first episode.

On Smallville , at least we can say the shapeshifting Tina Greer didn’t get further than kissing her bamboozled victim, technically building her felony sci-fi “sexual battery” instead of “rape” in the state of Kansas. It’s the same in the Stargate: Atlantis episode “Duet, “ in which a female Marine’s consciousness is transported into the body of a male scientist, which she promptly hijacks to make out with two of their co-workers. One of them was the scientist’s desire interest with whom he’d been lane too shy.( Insure? All he necessity was for someone else to take control and break through his pesky inhibitions !) The other was a male colleague, which is played for laughs, as the helpless heterosexual male being possessed reacts with disgust.

MGM Television Yeah, because the lesbian component is the wrong thing going on here …

Have You Noticed The Pattern? All Of The Delinquents Are Women.

Maybe they supposed these scenes were empowering or something? It’d be nice to think it’s that, and not a bunch of fiction/ sci-fi writers constantly dreaming up more and more fantastical female rapist scenarios. Still, such is proves largely aimed at young males and overwhelmingly written/ directed/ produced by males, and the underlying message simmers down to “Well, I wouldn’t mind if a hot daughter tricked me into sexuality material! “

We get it. Society throws a lot of pressure on guys to be assertive, to always induce the first move. Men get trapped in a spiraling in which they’re told girls desire confidence, but the only lane to get confidence is to have some success. It’s the romantic equivalent of a new alumnu realizing that every task involves experience. For that guy, the idea of a woman just taking control sounds amazing.

That’s how you wind up with something like the Buffy episode “Gone”( writes to David Fury ), in which Buffy < i >* spins wheel * becomes invisible, pins the vampire Spike to the wall, and only goes to town all over his body . She does let him know it’s her before they move to the bedroom, but before then, she still forcefully did stuff to him that would have gotten the episode boycotted if the genders were reversed.

20 th Television Just change the name to Buffy the Sex Offender and be done with it.

The same can be said about the famous “snu-snu” episode of Futurama , about a bunch of giant Amazons coordinating a forced gang bang of three guys against their will. Well, technically, two of them were all for it( and since the women took turnings, it was more of a reversal train than a gang bang ), but one guy was still frightened out of his thinker about the whole thing. Reverse the genders( a group of huge humankinds forcing themselves on a few smaller, defenseless females ), and rather than a screwball comedy, it’s now something you can only watch by searching Tor for “Banned Futurama Episode That Got Everyone Fired.”

20 th Television Comedy Central’s not saving anyone after that.

“But These Are Just Fantasies! What’s The Harm? “

Add all of this up, and it sends two truly dreadful messages to onlookers 😛 TAGEND

A. All humen crave sexuality all the time, so there really is no such thing as raping a humankind( when Grant on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D . get brainwashed and raped by an Asgardian, he somehow terminates up getting shit for it, despite being the main victims ).

B. There are some situations in which non-consensual sexuality gale up being harmless fun, or even beneficial for everyone involved.

It’s just so hard to say that this shit doesn’t have an effect when the shows get to write both the actions of the perpetrator and the response of the victim . To make such a plotline palatable, the consequences can’t be too serious — more mild annoyance than emotional trauma. The victims are typically OK with it.

Oddly enough, all of this effectively makes the British TV show Misfits one of the better examples, only because a male character is sufficiently weirded out when women employs her superhuman powers to stimulate him lust over her. So there you have it: A series in which a guy accuses Ramsay Bolton of boning his own sister for a slice of cheese is probably the most respectful exploration of female sexual assault in the genre.

Cezary Jan Strusiewicz is a Cracked columnist, interviewer, and editor. Contact him at c.j.strusiewicz @gmail. com or follow him on Twitter .

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