Background – Rape Culture
More likely to claim someone lying than be truthful
In a rape culture, people are surrounded with images, language, laws, and other
everyday phenomena that validate and perpetuate rape. Jokes, TV, music, ads,
legal jargon, laws, words and imagery, that make violence against women and
sexual coercion seem so normal that people believe that rape is inevitable. Rather
than viewing the culture of rape as a problem to change, people in a rape culture
thing about the persistence of rape as just the way things are.
Rape culture is what lead to a 2002 study finding that a majority of college
students thought that 50% of rape reports were false.
Edward Cullen possibly a representation of Rape Culture in Twilight.
Essay – Sample Thesis – Use 1 or 2 scenes to support
Opening scene thesis: Twilight communicates an ideology of traditional gender roles,
depicting women as weak, in need of saving, vulnerable, and only able to act via self
This ideology becomes particularly clear in the character of Bella.
Clip of opening scene proving this (details of what is happening), focus on the narration..
Bella says dyeing in the place of someone she loves is a good way to go (can sacrifice
herself so the vampire won’t hurt anyone else), Bella’s voice paired with the deer, the
deer is vulnerable and fragile. Beginning scene echoes Bella later in the forest with
Edward. Associating her with a weak, vulnerable, animal and associated as a predator;
needing saving from the predator. The camera angle (shaky, scared, something bad is
going to happen), drop down from tree and start pursuing the deer (aligned with the deer,
we will associate with her).
Lunch scene thesis: Twilight conveys the ideology that males are immature and unable
to control their desires, as shown in the lunch table scene early in the film.
Mike, Eric, Tyler (dude that runs up and kissed her). Begins with Eric, “you’ve
met my home girl Bella” Mike takes offence and Tyler kisses her. You are the new toy of
kindergarten, children fighting over something. Tyler unable to control his desire and
kisses her (at no point in time did he seem to like her) then runs off. Mike runs off after
Tyler after he pulls out his chair and falls on the floor – childish.
Bella is passive object and just sits there (not necessarily more mature than the
Both males and females depicted as immature in high school
Other Thesis: Twilight is sexist because conveys males as immature.
Dress Shopping Thesis: Twilight supports a postfeminist ideology in the way that it
positions its female characters as sexually subjectified and seems to critique female
Jessica like the dress because it makes her boobs look good (cleavage revealing
dress), subjectifies her because makes her look better to herself (I think I look
good, positions herself as a subject) – thinks she will be attractive to the opposite
sex. Scene set up treats them as window models and the males walk by and holler
at her. Film does not approve of what the men do. The girls are active, describe
the men as gross. Unlike manikins they act a