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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.
25th Jun '17 7:17:40 PM redfiona99
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* Played for laughs in ''Film/CarryOnCamping''. Married man Peter Potter spends the entire movie trying to get his wife to listen to him as they prepare to go on their holiday to the countryside, despite his hatred of the trip. [[spoiler:After getting drunk and sleeping with a young woman in the woods, he finally gets the courage to speak up more to his wife, and rapes her in their tent, which successfully turns her into a subordinate housewife.]]
19th Jun '17 1:49:00 PM GrotesquePorcine
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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.

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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.
13th Feb '17 7:38:11 PM MeepieV
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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 very 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 [[Squick on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse]] and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream 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.

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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 very 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 [[Squick on-screen (on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse]] 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.
13th Feb '17 7:34:10 PM MeepieV
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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 very clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regards 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 [[Squick on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse]] and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream 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 people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath she really hasn't changed at all. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated.

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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 very clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regards 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 [[Squick on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse]] and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream 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 she really hasn't changed at all.Cersei is still a terrible, terrible human being]]. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated.
13th Feb '17 7:30:43 PM MeepieV
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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 very clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regards 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 [[Squick on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse]] and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream 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 people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath she really hasn't changed at all. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated.
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