Deliverance was on tv over the weekend. I hadn’t seen it for a long time and forgot how well it was filmed and cast for a movie of that era.
But then we came to that scene. Yep. With Ned Beatty. the “squeal like a pig” scene. And I had to turn the movie off. Not just mute it. Not just look away. Switch channels. I found it that disturbing.
And I should. We all should. The scene was meant to be disturbing. Same thing for that scene near the end of the first season of Outlander when Black Jack rapes Jamie. Had to turn away.
Tell me then, why don’t I, why don’t more of us turn away from the portrayal of female rape on tv and in movies? Like the ritualized rape in Handmaid’s Tale? Or all the rapes in Game of Thrones?
Has female rape become so common place, such a trope that it’s background? And if so, it’s so sad.