Re­think­ing rape as a plot point

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Mary Mc Na­mara is miss­ing large parts of the rape pic­ture [“Frankly Over­due,” June14]. She main­tains that be­cause it’s part of life that it should be in­cluded in forms of en­ter­tain­ment. What she fails to men­tion is that rape is all too of­ten used as plot point. Many writ­ers think that for a fe­male char­ac­ter to earn her place in the piece she must be raped or be a rape vic­tim. In ad­di­tion, the treat­ment of the ac­tual scenes is pro­tracted and sex­ual in na­ture. They are specif­i­cally de­signed to ti­t­il­late and ex­cite. As if to prove this point, think about how­many times you have seen a man raped in a movie or TV show.

Iwatch “Down­ton Abbey,” and Iwas an­gry about the rape of Anna. McNa­mara is right about one thing: (twas writ­ten only to fur­ther the plot of her hus­band, Mr. Bates. That’s called sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

Fur­ther, in re­gards to “Game of Thrones,” why is it that in an imag­i­nary world, white peo­ple are still sub­jected to the de­plorable cul­ture sim­i­lar to that of me­dieval Eng­land? The writ­ers have had all the free­dom they’ve needed to make a newworld, and this is what they’ve cho­sen? Lastly, rape should not be part of en­ter­tain­ment be­cause of the toll it takes on real vic­tims. McNa­mara writes as though rape were a nor­mal part of life and that we should ac­cept that and in­clude it as part of our en­ter­tain­ment. I say, we should not. Rape is a hate crime, pure and sim­ple. We wouldn’t use lynch­ing in so many movies and books and act as though it were an ev­ery­day oc­cur­rence.

Karen Miller


I read “Frankly Over­due” with great in­ter­est, but there­was a glar­ing omis­sion. How could you not men­tion the rape of Khandi Alexan­der’s char­ac­ter and its af­ter­math in the grossly un­der­rated HBO se­ries “Treme”? Even in “en­ter­tain­ment,” black lives don’t mat­ter, let alone those of black­women. Vince Quitoriano

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