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First published: April 1, 2024 - Last updated: April 1, 2024


Authors: Lenise Prater and Evie Kendal

Title: Rape by Deception in Popular Culture

Subtitle: The Hidden Harm in Body-swap Narratives

Journal: Australian Feminist Studies

Volume: (Published online before print)


Year: 2024 (Received: September 10, 2023, Accepted: February 18, 2024, Published online: February 27, 2024)

Pages: 17 pages (PDF)

ISSN: 0816-4649 - Find a Library: WorldCat | eISSN: 1465-3303 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Cases: Fictional Offenders / Faith (Buffy); Cases: Fictional Victims / Riley; Types: Rape / Rape by Deception; Representations: Films / Big, It’s a Boy Girl Thing, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Echoes, Eureka, Face/Off, Freaky Friday, Supernatural, Wonder Woman: 1984


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- Lenise Prater, School of Communications and Creative Arts, Deakin University

- Evie Kendal, School of Health Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology - GoogleScholar, ResearchGate

Abstract: »The increasing support for affirmative and informed consent to sexual activity has led to several jurisdictions, including the UK, several US states and Israel, to incorporate rape by deception, or rape-by-fraud, into laws against rape. Broadly, rape by deception involves the rapist making false claims about identity, fidelity, contraception and/or disease risk. False claims like these can make informed consent impossible and put the victim/survivor at risk for serious ongoing health conditions, including sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. However, storylines featuring rape by deception in popular film and television suggest that cultural knowledge and recognition of the harm inflicted by rape by deception is not widely shared. In bodyswapping narratives, a popular trope in comedy and speculative fiction, characters inhabit or swap bodies with other characters and may then engage in sexual activity where one party involved is unaware of the swap. In visual media, the body swapping trope is largely conveyed by actors taking on the mannerisms of other characters to comedic effect. In this article we will explore a range of representative examples of this trope and argue that rape by deception is rarely considered in these narratives, indicative of a broader cultural failure to think through the consequences of affirmative and informed consent.« (Source: Australian Feminist Studies)

  Abstract (p. 1)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  Deception and Consent in Rape Culture (p. 3)
  Body-swaps, Life Swaps and Body-snatchers: Violating the Other/Self (p. 6)
  Alternate Timelines, Possession and Sexual Taboos: Titillation and Rape by Deception (p. 11)
  Conclusion (p. 14)
  Notes (p. 14)
  Disclosure Statement (p. 15)
  References (p. 15)
    Cases cited (p. 17)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States | Film: / Big (film), It’s a Boy Girl Thing, Freaky Friday (2003 film), Wonder Woman | Television: / Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Echoes (miniseries), Eureka, Supernatural (American TV series) | Sex and the law: Rape by deception / Rape in the United States