Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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First published: October 1, 2023 - Last updated: October 1, 2023


Speakers: Cheyenne Rose Foster and Melanie-Angela Neuilly

Title: 'You Wear that Come Bite Me Outfit...'

Subtitle: Vampires as a Rape Metaphor Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Conference: 7th biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverse (July 7-10, 2016) - Online Program

Session: 31: Gender Politics/Roles (Chair: Elizabeth Kate Switaj)

Place: Kingston, United Kingdom

Date: July 10, 2016

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Offenders: Biological Status / Vampires; Society: Rape Culture / Metaphors; Representations: Films / Buffy - the Vampire Slayer


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Speakers: Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Washington State University - ResearchGate

Abstract: »Life on the Hellmouth means the constant threat of death from evil of all sorts. In addition todeath, vampires present the threat of sexual violence. Indeed, they are portrayed as sexual deviants and predators. Through a critical examination of all seven televised seasons, we argue that vampires as a threat are framed as a women's (Slayer's) issue. Season Three's 'The Wish' can be conceived as an analytical prism for the series making evident how such rhetoric mirrors the victim-blaming attached to rape. Although vampires and their victims span the genders, the responsibility to eradicate the problem initially falls upon one girl, the Slayer. Throughout the series, Buffy struggles against the patriarchal pressure from the Watcher's Council for her to conform to traditionally masculine hero archetypes favoring reaction instead of prevention, individualism, violence, and isolation. It is ultimately through the acceptance and adoption of feminist collaborative values that she reshapes and redefines a women's issue (Slaying vampires/avoiding rape) as a societal one.« (Source: Online Program)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States | Legendary creature: Vampire | Television: American supernatural television series / Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Wish (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) | Sex and the law: Rape / History of rape