“Oh. Well… you know, I’ve loved this body since the moment I first saw it. You’re the perfect vessel, Dean. You give a girl all sorts of nasty ideas. So go ahead and play hard to get, and I’ll peel off this “no demons allowed” tattoo and blow smoke up your ass. […] It can get worse. Trust me. ‘Cause once I’m on top, I’ll make you watch. And I’ll use your body. Have you ever felt an infant’s blood drip down your chin? Or listened to a girl scream as you rip her guts out? Because you will. You and me, lover. We’ll have a grand old time.” -This scene
During this scene, my dear friend Amber and I were absolutely left uncomfortable by everything Abaddon says. We both discussed how it made us feel that cold feeling in your gut after you see something disturbing on television, because to us that WAS disturbing. In my mind, everything she said is undeniably ‘rapist’ type language, if not a full on rape threat.
However, after this episode ended we went online and found terrifying numbers of other fans talking about how ‘the sexual tension could be cut with a knife’ or ‘OMG that was so flirty!’. In fact, a quick google search didn’t find a single post or fan discussion on how rapey that scene was.
Another example in which the writer and many of the viewers seem to either not believe a male character is the victim of rape or choose to ignore it would be Derek Hale from Teen Wolf. In the two and a half series that have been released so far, his story includes:
- Being a victim of pedophilia (ephebophilia if you want to get technical; he was 16 and she was 22) and statutory rape at the hands of the woman who murdered his family.
- Being the victim of what would legally be considered rape due to lack of capacity to consent by the woman who helped him home after finding him severely injured, suffering extreme blood loss, and barely conscious.
- Many other non-sexual but non-consensual uses of his body (such as being used as an instrument of murder by having his claws held in place while someone else impales his friend on them).
This isn’t the forum for discussion on real life attitudes towards female-on-male rape/rape threats, but this isn’t an isolated incident in modern television/film/other modern media. There are numerous cases of a male character being the victim of rape/rape threats by a female character for which the scene is either played off for laughs, or entirely ignored.
The attitudes by writers and viewers alike at failing to see a male character as the victim of rape is extremely discomforting.