In my belated binge watch of “Scandal,” I was one of many people simply could not stand Mellie, the overdramatic, calculating wife of President Grant. I simultaneously hated her and found myself annoyed at the writers for creating a female character that I wanted to hate so much.
There was a turning point in the story that made Mellie suddenly sympathetic. It was revealed in a flashback that she had been raped by her father-in-law and suffered in silence for years. This plot line showed a different side of her character and from there on out she became much easier to root for. Admittedly, I did not think about this in the moment as one of many tropes of rape culture.
There are obvious ways that rape culture manifests, the most common being portraying women who accuse men of rape as liars. But Flavorwire talked to writer Kate Harding about her new book and covered 6 tropes of rape culture that I’m sure many of us see on TV and in movies regularly but don’t even register. Read the piece and see how many you recognize. Do you always notice these ways rape culture seeps into our entertainment?