Donnerstag, Mai 07, 2015

Sitcom zeigt Vergewaltigung eines Mannes

In einer aktuellen Episode der mehrfach preisgekrönten US-amerikanischen Sitcom Louie wurde die Vergewaltigung der männlichen Hauptfigur durch eine Frau gezeigt:

Last night's episode of Louie depicted a type of sexual assault almost never seen on-screen — one that many believe does not exist: male rape. But, the scene in which Louis is forced into unwanted sexual intercourse by his female friend leaves little room for doubt. He was reluctant at first, then he was coerced, and finally forced. It was not consensual. Louie rarely delivers such unambiguous plot points, but this scene ends with an emphatic, terrified shout: "No!"

(...) Many saw that scene as a watershed moment for television. But, what's interesting is that neither Louis C.K. nor actress Pamela Adlon saw the implications of that scene while shooting it. "To me, it was like a tussle," C.K. said on a TCA panel discussion in January. "I’m pulling her and she’s pulling me away. We even thought it was funny when we tried it." However, he did admit to reading many of the reaction articles stating otherwise. Whether he knew it or not, C.K. illustrated just how messy and confusing sexual assault can be for the victims, the perpetrators, and the bystanders — in this case, his TV audience.

The rape last night came at the apex of a very sad episode about gender and power dynamics. In an earlier scene, Louie intervenes on a couple fighting in the street, and the woman turns on him. Again, the scene begins with only threatening words, but quickly escalates into physical violence. As a man, Louie is clearly reluctant to hit a woman back and winds up getting beaten up. He returns home to find his daughters alarmed by his bloodied face, but their fear turns to laughter when he tells them his assailant was a woman. It's a crushing moment for a father who has so desperately strived to raise daughters free from the burdens of gender stereotypes.

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