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31st Mar '18 10:47:03 AM unclejack
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* The writers on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' might get a lot of flak about their over-use of rape and violence against women as a dramatic device, but they are usually very careful to avert this trope and make it clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regard to female characters]]). The best example of this sexual-humiliation-does-not-make-you-a-better-human-being message would be Cersei. During the series she is shown or implied to get sexually humiliated or raped on three separate occasions (raped by Robert off-screen, by Jaime (on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse), and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream insults and throw things at her. In each occasion, she briefly comes across as more sympathetic and vulnerable, but will almost immediately do something terrifying (for example, [[spoiler: setting off fire-bombs in a church filled with mostly innocent people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath Cersei is still a terrible, terrible human being]]. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated. The same goes with Sansa Stark raped by Ramsay Snow/Bolton, she was weak she comes back stronger. She redempted.

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* The writers on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' might get a lot of flak about for their over-use of rape and violence against women as a dramatic device, but they are usually very careful to avert this trope and make it clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regard to female characters]]). device.
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The best example of this sexual-humiliation-does-not-make-you-a-better-human-being message would be Cersei. During the series she is shown or implied to get sexually humiliated or raped on three separate occasions (raped a frequent basis. It's implied that she's raped by Robert off-screen, off-screen. She's later raped by Jaime (on-screen and in front of their her dead son's corpse), corpse on-screen, although the writers and directors didn't realize it was a rape scene and insist it was consensual despite viewers seeing it for the clear rape it was (which confused some viewers since it's never brought up again). Finally, she's sexually humiliated when she's stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream insults and throw things at her. In each occasion, she briefly comes across as more sympathetic and vulnerable, but will almost immediately do something terrifying (for example, [[spoiler: setting off fire-bombs in a church filled with mostly innocent people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath Cersei is still a terrible, terrible human being]]. being]].
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Played straight with (male character) Theon, Sansa, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated. The same goes with Sansa Stark raped virginity is taken by Ramsay Snow/Bolton, she was Bolton in a brutal wedding night rape, in her childhood home no less. She is subsequently raped and beaten every night for what seems to be weeks until Theon rescues her. In interviews, the creators have made it clear that rape is meant to be Sansa's teacher, turning her from a weak person into a strong person. It's stated at one point in the show (by her own brother) that her rapes 'had to happen'. This deeply misogynistic treatment of the character didn't go unchallenged by viewers.
** Played even straighter with Theon, who is subject to sexual humiliation and castration by Ramsay as a method of redemption. Whereas in the books his torture and rape-by-proxy is meant to challenge the readers who wanted some retribution for his evil acts (a kind of 'is this not what you wanted' challenge) in the show it's played very straight. He is also routinely made fun of for having been castrated, by ostensibly sympathetic characters like his sister Yara who taunts him while
she comes back stronger. She redempted.herself buys a sex slave.
20th Mar '18 11:01:37 AM eroock
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->"''Anyone who watches soap operas knows that the quickest way to turn a bad girl into a sympathetic heroine is to have her raped.''"

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->"''Anyone ->''"Anyone who watches soap operas knows that the quickest way to turn a bad girl into a sympathetic heroine is to have her raped.''""''
17th Mar '18 12:34:50 PM EyeBonito
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', Matt's legal partner Foggy is married to an awful shrew of a woman who verbally abuses Foggy and tries to push him to betray Matt at various turns in order to take control of their law practice. Matt even thinks he should apologize to Foggy for being his best man at their wedding. Then came the time when Matt is in a legal battle with a tribe of English noblemen who has been marooned is a desolate area decades ago, and had fell into cruel savagery, 'lord of the flies' style. Now they were discovered, brought to the states, and were attempting to gain control of a large family fortune. The wife persuades Foggy to 'throw' the trail in the tribe's favor in order to curry favor with this suddenly rich and influential gang of degenerates. In return, they basically kidnap her at a dinner party, and hold here in their new mansion. Where she is seen to be repeatedly raped and made into a slave scrubbing floors. When she is released, she seems much more sympathetic, but Foggy divorces her later. Note: this storyline took place during the Frank Miller run.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', Matt's legal partner Foggy is married to an awful shrew of a woman who verbally abuses Foggy and tries to push him to betray Matt at various turns in order to take control of their law practice. Matt even thinks he should apologize to Foggy for being his best man at their wedding. Then came the time when Matt is in a legal battle with a tribe of English noblemen who has been marooned is a desolate area decades ago, and had fell into cruel savagery, 'lord of the flies' style. Now they were discovered, brought to the states, and were attempting to gain control of a large family fortune. The wife persuades Foggy to 'throw' the trail trial in the tribe's favor in order to curry favor with this suddenly rich and influential gang of degenerates. In return, they basically kidnap her at a dinner party, and hold here in their new mansion. Where she is seen to be repeatedly raped and made into a slave scrubbing floors. When she is released, she seems much more sympathetic, but Foggy divorces her later. Note: this storyline took place during the Frank Miller run.
4th Mar '18 3:29:19 PM nombretomado
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* Way too much ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' K/S SlashFic depicts Spock raping Jim Kirk, or vice versa, to teach him that he was gay all along. [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Sondra_Marshak Sondra Marshak]], author of several professionally published ''Star Trek'' novels, began [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Open_Letter_to_K/S_Fandom_by_David_Gerrold pushing the idea that Kirk secretly wanted to be raped by Spock]] ''to the Star Trek creators'' and people involved with ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', to the point that she and her partner Myrna Culbreath were banished from the Paramount offices and lot.

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* Way too much ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' K/S SlashFic depicts Spock raping Jim Kirk, or vice versa, to teach him that he was gay all along. [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Sondra_Marshak Sondra Marshak]], author of several professionally published ''Star Trek'' novels, began [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Open_Letter_to_K/S_Fandom_by_David_Gerrold pushing the idea that Kirk secretly wanted to be raped by Spock]] ''to the Star Trek creators'' and people involved with ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', to the point that she and her partner Myrna Culbreath were banished from the Paramount offices and lot.
17th Jan '18 12:15:50 AM animenutcase
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One particularly disturbing version is where a HeteronormativeCrusader rapes a lesbian, justifying his crime with claims that the sex act will [[CureYourGays "cure" her of her homosexuality]]. Modern works will usually cast the rapist as a villain, but in earlier works the rapist may very well be the ''hero'', and (due to contemporary misunderstanding of what lesbianism was) [[RapeAndSwitch the cure may very well work]].

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One particularly disturbing version is where a HeteronormativeCrusader rapes a lesbian, gay person, justifying his their crime with claims that the sex act will [[CureYourGays "cure" her them of her their homosexuality]]. Modern works will usually cast the rapist as a villain, but in earlier works the rapist may very well be the ''hero'', and (due to contemporary misunderstanding of what lesbianism homosexuality was) [[RapeAndSwitch the cure may very well work]].
7th Dec '17 12:48:24 PM WaterBlap
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** Averted the first time, but played straight the second time with ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' Sami Brady. In 1994, Sami was already developing a reputation as a troublemaker (having switched a paternity test on her baby sister and then kidnapped said baby sister, as well as trying to steal Austin Reed, her older sister's boyfriend). When the character was raped, the character became even worse and ended up being the show's secondary villain. In fact, less than a year after her own rape Sami was resorting to [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale drugging Austin into sleeping with her]]. Fast-foward to 2007 and Sami is [[ScarpiaUltimatum forced to have sex with EJ Welles in order to save her fiance Lucas' life]]. This time the rape is used to complete Sami's HeelFaceTurn. Though this later turned into a RapeIsLove situation as Sami was later forced to divorce Lucas in order to marry EJ, but then eventually chose EJ over him.

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** Averted the first time, but played straight the second time with ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' Sami Brady. In 1994, Sami was already developing a reputation as a troublemaker (having switched a paternity test on her baby sister and then kidnapped said baby sister, as well as trying to steal Austin Reed, her older sister's boyfriend). When the character was raped, the character became even worse and ended up being the show's secondary villain. In fact, less than a year after her own rape Sami was resorting to [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale drugging Austin into sleeping with her]]. Fast-foward to 2007 and Sami is [[ScarpiaUltimatum forced to have sex with EJ Welles in order to save her fiance Lucas' life]]. This time the rape is used to complete Sami's HeelFaceTurn. Though this later turned into a RapeIsLove situation as Later Sami was later forced to divorce Lucas in order to marry EJ, but then eventually chose EJ over him.
17th Nov '17 4:26:32 PM XFllo
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* Diana Mayo, female protagonist of ''Literature/TheSheik''. While it's not as blatant as the RapeIsLove, it's not-so-subtly implied that her repeated rape and the subsequent StockholmSyndrome that cause her to become more subservient and feminine are karmic retribution for being so [[ValuesDissonance "unnaturally"]] cold and "unfeminine".

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* Diana Mayo, female protagonist of ''Literature/TheSheik''. While it's not as blatant as the RapeIsLove, it's It's not-so-subtly implied that her repeated rape and the subsequent StockholmSyndrome that cause her to become more subservient and feminine are karmic retribution for being so [[ValuesDissonance "unnaturally"]] cold and "unfeminine".
15th Oct '17 10:29:52 PM Savini24
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* The writers on ''Series/GameofThrones'' might get a lot of flak about their over-use of rape and violence against women as a dramatic device, but they are usually very careful to avert this trope and make it clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regard to female characters]]). The best example of this sexual-humiliation-does-not-make-you-a-better-human-being message would be Cersei. During the series she is shown or implied to get sexually humiliated or raped on three separate occasions (raped by Robert off-screen, by Jaime (on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse), and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream insults and throw things at her. In each occasion, she briefly comes across as more sympathetic and vulnerable, but will almost immediately do something terrifying (for example, [[spoiler: setting off fire-bombs in a church filled with mostly innocent people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath Cersei is still a terrible, terrible human being]]. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated. The same goes with Sansa Stark raped by Ramsay Snow/Bolton, she was weak she comes back stronger. She redempted.

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* The writers on ''Series/GameofThrones'' ''Series/GameOfThrones'' might get a lot of flak about their over-use of rape and violence against women as a dramatic device, but they are usually very careful to avert this trope and make it clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regard to female characters]]). The best example of this sexual-humiliation-does-not-make-you-a-better-human-being message would be Cersei. During the series she is shown or implied to get sexually humiliated or raped on three separate occasions (raped by Robert off-screen, by Jaime (on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse), and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream insults and throw things at her. In each occasion, she briefly comes across as more sympathetic and vulnerable, but will almost immediately do something terrifying (for example, [[spoiler: setting off fire-bombs in a church filled with mostly innocent people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath Cersei is still a terrible, terrible human being]]. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated. The same goes with Sansa Stark raped by Ramsay Snow/Bolton, she was weak she comes back stronger. She redempted.
3rd Oct '17 9:27:47 AM RallyBot2
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* A variation occurs in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. Molly Hayes and her new friend Klara Prast (who happens to be an 11-year-old stuck in an abusive marriage to a much older man) have a falling out after Klara learns that Molly is living with a lesbian couple, because Klara is a devout Catholic who believes that homosexuality is a sin (Molly points out that what Klara's husband is doing to her might also be considered a sin.) At the end of the arc, Klara reappears, having been beaten up by her husband for attempting to run away. Naturally, Molly and the other Runaways are quick to offer her a spot on the Leapfrog. It is never explicitly stated that rape was one of the ways that Mr. Prast chose to punish Klara for trying to run away, but since she'd earlier revealed that he forced her into "marital duties"...

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* A variation occurs in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. Molly Hayes and her new friend Klara Prast (who happens to be an 11-year-old stuck in an abusive marriage to a much older man) have a falling out after Klara learns that Molly is living with a lesbian couple, because Klara is a devout Catholic Calvinist who believes that homosexuality is a sin (Molly points out that what Klara's husband is doing to her might also be considered a sin.) At the end of the arc, Klara reappears, having been beaten up by her husband for attempting to run away. Naturally, Molly and the other Runaways are quick to offer her a spot on the Leapfrog. It is never explicitly stated that rape was one of the ways that Mr. Prast chose to punish Klara for trying to run away, but since she'd earlier revealed that he forced her into "marital duties"...
10th Jul '17 2:16:00 PM angie710
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Alternatively, either a specific man or the entire male gender (or both) need to be taught [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop a lesson]]. If the man is being raped by a woman, it is often used to make a statement for sexual equality, [[TheUnfairSex sometimes for strange values of "equality"]]. If the man is being raped by another man, it's usually punishment for being a rapist or not being sufficiently sympathetic to female rape victims.

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Alternatively, either a specific man or the entire male gender (or both) need to be taught [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop a lesson]]. If the man is being raped by a woman, it is often used to make a statement for sexual equality, [[TheUnfairSex sometimes for strange values of "equality"]]. If the man is being raped by another man, it's usually punishment for being a rapist or not being sufficiently sympathetic to female rape victims.
victims, or sometimes to punish him for being gay.
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