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Rape Culture's Reckoning Comes In NSFW 'Felt' Trailer

By Kristy Puchko | Trailers | May 27, 2015 | Comments ()

By Kristy Puchko | Trailers | May 27, 2015 |


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With Game of Thrones’ latest rape scandal (man is that a depressing thing to write), some fans of the series have tried to downplay the impact of scenes of sexual assault saying, “It’s just a show. Why get so upset about something that isn’t even real?”

I’d argue because the fear of rape and sexual assault is something women face daily, and so we don’t appreciate the show’s casual attitude toward this topic for shock value. Or maybe consider how the arguments about the Sansa scene reflect actual arguments made about rape in our society. Like those who claim Sansa wasn’t raped because she didn’t literally say no, implying that to relent is to consent. Or those that claim there can’t be rape on a wedding night, because sex is implied by the occasion.

Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Hot Pie.

I couldn’t help but think of all of this while watching Indiewire’s trailer for the buzzed about Felt. The horror-thriller centers on Amy (a character based on its star and co-writer Amy Everson), who is struggling to cope with past sexual trauma in a world where rape culture makes her feel almost constantly under attack. So how does she respond? By creating a costumed alter ego made of a bodysuit and strap on. And her superhero soliloquy has us intrigued for this June 26th release:

“You’re constantly objectified, discredited for anything you do, because you’re a female. Everything is qualified by the fact that you don’t have a dick.”