Sunday, March 15, 2009

Is Battlestar Galactica Feminist?

I wanted to respond to Slate's recent post on the question, which got a lot of things very wrong, but I'm pretty busy this weekend. Thankfully, Amanda Marcotte said a lot of the things I wanted to say. One very important point (I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this):
Natch, the point is that “BSG”, in my opinion, handles the topic [of rape] responsibly, which means treating rape like a crime of power and not that of a man who just got too horny and lost control.  Every single rape or attempted rape is tied directly to male domination or control of women’s bodies.  They show them raping prisoners because that’s what torturing prison guards do.  The only way they could have been more responsible is to show that they rape male prisoners, too

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