7 Times 'Gossip Girl' Perpetuated Rape Culture In Its First 8 Episodes, xoxo

7 Times 'Gossip Girl' Perpetuated Rape Culture In Its First 8 Episodes, xoxo

Chuck Bass: playboy or predator?
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Before this week, I had never seen "Gossip Girl." I had heard the names Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, but I did not know anything beyond their names and that it takes place in NYCFrom my limited exposure, I have found seven examples of rape culture in the first eight episodes alone.

1. Chuck Bass is a predator

Chuck Bass is a confusing (and generally awful) human. In the first episode, the writers and producers are clearly setting Chuck up as the "bad boy" of the group. He drinks and parties excessively. But he also attacks people. In this scene, he attempts to sleep with Jenny, a fourteen-year-old high school freshman. She tells him no repeatedly, and Chuck responds by offering her more alcohol and isolating her from the party.

2. Chuck Bass is a repeat offender

Chuck perpetuates the acceptance of rape culture so much, he gets two bullet points. He attempts to assault two women in the first episode alone.

3. Blair jokes about Chuck's victims

The morning after Chuck assaulted Jenny, she goes to speak with Blair about what people are saying about her. Instead of supporting Jenny or offering to help her with Chuck, Blair makes light of the fact that Chuck has many victims.

4. Chuck Bass gets a redemption story arc

By episode eight, the tide has shifted for Chuck Bass. He has fallen for Blair, buys her an extravagant present, and tries to win her heart. Why does the predator get a redemption arc? Nate's family and personal life is a wreck, while everything is looking up for Chuck. I'm overseeing attackers get the W.

5. Blair assaults a married man because she was dared to

Chuck is not the only problematic character on the show. In episode five, Blair kisses a drunk, married man because Jenny dared her to. She just walks up to him and kisses him. As you can see from the picture, his friends love it. They cheer like it was the greatest thing they've ever seen. When his wife finds out, both of them are clearly hurt. This man is not 100% innocent. He attracted Jenny's attention when he cat-called Blair, but that does not mean that Blair can kiss him without his consent.

6. The female characters are portrayed as virgins or sluts

Please explain to me why women in this show are either played-up as pure or as sluts. Blair makes a huge deal out of her virginity. In episode six, she sends Nate on a scavenger hunt to find her before midnight so they can finally have sex. When Nate arrives after midnight, Blair tells him, "No happily ever after for you."

Jenny is scared that people will think she's easy after Chuck attempted to sleep with her. As mentioned before, Blair reassures her that Chuck doesn't brag about his victims.

During the first eight episodes, Serena is undermined over and over for sleeping with Nate. Is it alright that she slept with her best friend's boyfriend? Absolutely not. Is she a slut for doing so? No.

7. Drunk sex is normalized

Nate and Serena have drunk sex. Not only do they have sex drunk, it is on top of a bar and they're both underage. Additionally, Chuck sleeps with countless drunk women. There is a lot of drunk sex on this show. Not once in the first eight episodes has anyone mentioned how problematic drunk sex is. Legally, you cannot consent to sex when you're drunk. I think that it is incredibly toxic to be normalizing sex without consent.

Ed Westwick, the actor that plays Chuck Bass, was accused of sexual assault last November.

The first season of "Gossip Girl" was released 10 years ago, but is still a favorite television show of many women of my generation.

Never forget, modern media shapes the way we view the modern world.

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10 Things Every Couple Must Complete On Their Bucket List Before They Die

If you're interested in doing sexual things that are more outside of the box, here's an intricate list of things every couple should check off their sexual bucket list before they die.

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In my personal experience, I noticed that conversations centered around sexual exploration are talked about in terms of what we've already done. Countless times I've played the game "Never Have I Ever" to break the ice and find out what other people have done. Even then people mostly want to know who has done butt stuff, who have had threesomes, and who has hooked up with a certain amount of people already. However, we rarely talk about all the sexual things we'd like to embark in and even when we do, it's usually kind of basic or standard.

If you're interested in doing sexual things that are more outside of the box, here's an intricate list of things every couple should check off their sexual bucket list before they die.

1. Use weed lube

Foria Pleasure's enhancement product made of cannabis oil and coconut oil provides women with mind-blowing and longer lasting orgasms. The increasing popularity of the product has gotten featured on Cosmo, PopSugar, and VICE.

2. Have a sex marathon at the Secluded Intown Treehouse Airbnb

This Airbnb in Atlanta is the #1 most-wished listing worldwide and makes for gorgeous scenery considering you're surrounded by nature. The bed is centered directly in front of the best view of its lush woods so it would be insane not to use that to your advantage and have a marathon sex session to become one with your partner and the environment.

3. Kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower

What's sex without a little romance as well? If you can afford a romantic getaway to Paris which is arguably the most romantic city in the world, make sure to kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower as a mechanism for emotional foreplay.

4. Join the Mile High Club

If you're up for something daring, have sex with your partner while you're both on a plane. One of you can head straight there as the other follows about five minutes later. Then one of you can bend the other over the sink and keep going until you're both finished. To eliminate the risk of looking too suspicious, I would at least encourage for this to be done while most people are sleeping so that people aren't wondering why the bathroom is being occupied for so long.

5. Attend a sex party

This doesn't necessarily mean you have to partake in the festivities but it's worth checking out. What happens at sex parties vary but to my understanding, it's a social gathering where couples hang out or engage in whatever sexual activities they desire as long as consent is given by whichever parties are involved. Usually, these parties are hosted at people's homes or in hotel rooms at conventions.

6. Bang against your partner's desk at their corporate job

It's a thrilling fantasy to be bent over by your partner against their desk at their fancy executive job where they have to be professional toward others on the outside but all kinds of nasty with you behind closed doors. If your partner has a job as a general manager, data analyst, consultant, accountant, corporate controller, etc then this activity is perfect for you!

7. Have a sex marathon in a snow cabin

If you're looking for a baecation at a snow cabin during the winter, here a few Airbnbs to consider. Just don't forget to have some everlasting sex sessions while you're there.

8. Play "hide and go seek" in public

This isn't inherently sexual, but if you wanted to test the waters and see how creative you can get, you could go on a picnic in the park first. Then leave trackers—whether that be bread on the ground that the ducks can eventually eat or turn on your bitmoji's location on Snapchat to have your partner find you. Then when they finally meet up with you, you both can celebrate by having sex at your final destination.

9. Bang at a sex dungeon

In Chicago, there are some of the best underground sex dungeons to fulfill the deepest fantasies of those in the kink community. There are multiple playrooms that provide all the types of bondage accessories and plays you can think of.

10. Have a baecation at Desire Couples Resort

Embrace your adventurous side and indulge in an all-inclusive, clothing optional couples resort located on the glorious beaches of Cancun. This place is tailored toward couples who are apart of the swingers lifestyle but everyone is welcome to explore. Public sexual activity is permitted in some areas of the resort so it could be a great opportunity for the two of you to try things you've never even thought of before.

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I Used To Think Hormones Didn't Matter Until They Ruined My Life

Hormones have spent five years ruining my life but now I'm using them to get my life back.

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I've never been one of those girls that used "Sorry, I'm on my period" as an excuse for my behavior. I've always thought that saying that didn't make sense, that I should be in control of myself and my actions at all times and that blaming it on my hormones was an irresponsible cop-out.

Then, one day in high school, I woke up at a sleepover in excruciating pain, worse than any I'd ever had before in my life. After months of doctors visits, ultrasounds and CT scans, and even surgery, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition that affects 5 to 10 percent of women worldwide.

My body's hormonal imbalance was causing me terrible symptoms: pain, mood swings, acne, irregular cycles, stress, and so much more. The doctor that ultimately diagnosed me was Catholic and anti-abortion and told me "Birth control would help manage your pain but I don't prescribe it." That was the moment that I truly felt hopelessness and devastation.

Right before I left for college, I decided to take my medical fate into my own hands. I went to a different doctor and was given an IUD. It worked great for a few months and then my body rejected it. I got a new one and it rejected again. A last-ditch third effort was also rejected and then it was time to attempt another method.

I spent six months on the shot, which left me feeling amazing for a few weeks right after I was given a major dose of hormones but made me miserable for about six weeks after that when the hormones started wearing off while I waited for my next batch.

Now, finally, I'm on the pill, which generally has been a great choice for me personally. There are still some days that I feel down. I still get bad acne and headaches and a plethora of other symptoms that are influenced by hormones but generally, I'm much happier and healthier now.

Hormones are fascinating. They control everything in our bodies and even the slightest imbalance can have dramatic effects and leave you feeling miserable. It's a great scientific achievement that we have medications such as birth control that we can use to manipulate hormone levels and their effects but this technology still has so far to go before it's perfect.

Now I know how important hormones truly are and how great their effects can be on every aspect of my day-to-day life. I'll still never say "Sorry, I'm on my period" but I'm a lot more comfortable now recognizing when I'm having a bad day or if I'm having physical symptoms like acne, pain, and headaches.

Hormones have spent five years ruining my life but now I'm using them to get my life back.

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