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Sun Oct 4, 2015, 04:09 PM

Date Rape in the movies -

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I finally got around to watching The Devil Wears Prada (2006) last night. In one subplot, a handsome writer pursues the heroine, Andrea, even though she lives with her boy friend. She doesn't want to date him, but he says she "owes" him after he's done an important favor for her.

They run into each other in Paris during fashion week, and she goes to dinner with him and has too much to drink. Afterward, he propositions her several times, and she turns him down, even going so far as to say she's had to much to drink. The next scene shows her waking up after spending the night with him. Her only concern is getting to work on time, followed by the discovery that he knows her boss is about to be replaced. There's no mention of the sexual encounter.

So there you have it - a Rom-Com from only 9 years ago that features a sexual encounter in which the female is clearly unable to give proper consent. It's given a light-hearted treatment.

Is this date rape? If so, what message is being sent out to young men?

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Nye Bevan Oct 2015 #1

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Sun Oct 4, 2015, 05:20 PM

1. How do you know they had sex?

It's possible to spend the night together without having sex. (I haven't seen this movie so perhaps it is made clear that they did).

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