Sunday, 10 February 2013

Straw Dogs:Rape depiction in films- work in progress.

Added the film Straw Dogs to my YT playlist and noticed one account holder had put an edit point in his comment, linked to the start of the infamous rape scene. It didn't shock me so much , that someone was advising others to masturbate to a violent rape, but it  was synchronous. The film, and a lot of Penkinpah's work opened up discussion on violence and censorship.

In Straw Dogs a young couple leave London for Cornwall, where the woman was brought up. Conflict with a group of local men end in a brutal rape and violence.

It was remade in 2011.
I have yet to see the remake and i saw the original years ago, so i shall re watch, and begin a discussion on this topic.

Below is a series of short interviews with the various actors from 'Straw Dogs', in which the sexual violence is discussed.



  1. Well yeah it isn't to shocking at all, very disturbing though.Those people who get their jollies in such a way and then have to announce it are pretty sick puppies. Never seen the movie, heard of it though and that is one I don't think I'll bother watching.

    1. Thanks Patt, Peckinpah is a pretty interesting director simply because of the level of violence in his films, his name always comes up when people talk about censorship.

      Its good think about censorship i think, do we ban films or books that we find offensive or say that as adults we can do as we want?

  2. it's disturbing, yeah. even more so when some men actually like rape role plays in bed.

    1. Thanks Jaya, Studies seem to suggest that role play is different from acting on the fantasy, so long as both parties are happy with it, though im not sure why anyone would want to fantasy rape someone. But im not shocked so much that people get off on rape scenes in films, we have disgusting rape statistics on our little planet. Did you hear what happened to that poor girl in India?

      A lot of rape fantasy gets off on 'lack of consent' and rapists themselves (from recent studies) are deluded in their thinking. They believe everyone rapes, or would rape and that we're the delusional ones for respecting other peoples right to have authority over their own bodies.

      If you watch any tv show from the 60's,70's , 80's and 90's a lot of it had rape storylines, which were not about showing how horrific rape is, or looking at why it happens at all, but were about tittilation. Rape fantasy is all over our media. An enormous amount of films have kidnap/rape/rescue plots from those periods.

      Feminist campaigning , thankfully has begun to alter that. I have a huge issue with anyone condemning feminism, often they operate from a position of pure ignorance while taking advantage of a more equal society that campaigners won for them.

      The whole culture of how society treats women and womens bodies needs to change, and that can only be done through equality of opportunity. The more women in positions of authority in society the more rights for women appear.And this change will effect rape statistics, punishment of offenders, treatment of victims and a cultural change that could dramtically reduce rape and sexual assault.

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