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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I Am A Hopeless Romantic Living In A World Where One-Night Stands Are The Norm

It's the little things.

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In today's society, it can certainly start to feel like no one takes love seriously anymore.

Whether it's that one couple who has broken up and gotten back together more times than you can count, the two friends-with-benefits no one can figure out, your local womanizer, or just hookups in general, love and lust are a huge part of specifically college life and culture.

As a hopeless romantic, being part of a generation that "just wants to have fun" can be really frustrating, especially when you just want to find something real. It is so easy for people to put on a fake act just to get what they want and sometimes this can be extremely hard to see through. I'm sure we've all had some kind of incident with someone who played nice but had ulterior motives and the sad truth is that it can be impossible to recognize a person's artificiality.

I am a hopeless romantic.

I have always classified myself as such, and it has remained true. Sure, I can make the most of the freedoms I have as a single college woman, but deep down I just want to find my person.

I've had my fair share of letdowns, and I think we all have, but being a hopeless romantic makes it that much more difficult to get past the "what ifs" and fantasies that come along with starting something with someone new. We may already have our hearts set on a person when they decide they've gotten what they wanted and leave.

For me, I find myself caught up in the little things that someone does. I have always been someone who picks up on small details in situations, and sometimes this works against me.

I pick up on the small facial expressions that he may not even realize he is making; the ones that tell you when their guard has been let down, even just for a split second.

I pick up on the way he sits our two cellphones side by side on the nightstand, taking care to line them up perfectly as if that's just their spot.

I pick up on the short moments of laughter where he actually lets himself laugh and forgets about the act.

I pick up on things, and sometimes I end up hurting because of it.

When it comes down to it, though, I wouldn't change the way that I am. I wouldn't change the fact that I find myself in the search for more in a society that mostly only offers me less.

The trait that tends to hurt me most is also the one that I value most. Even if noticing all the little things is something that contributes to my own heartache, I love those moments. There is something beautiful about those tiny things shared by two people, even if the connection ends there.

Sure, it can be hard. But so can everything.

It's just a matter of finding the beauty.

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5 Movie Sex Scenes That Would Never Go Down Like That In Real Life

There's a lot of time, scripts, makeup, and lights that are involved in these scenes that make them what they are, unlike the sex that happens in real life.

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When I was a child, my idea of sex was confined to what I saw in the media — two people rolling around underneath the sheets of their bed. I didn't understand what was going on at the time until my parents had the birds and the bees talk with me, but still, sex was not something that was discussed regularly in any setting so I couldn't help but use the movies and television as my main source for sex education. When I was a teenager, I started watching rom-coms so my idea of sex expanded to a scenario where two people who loved each other effortlessly fall into a euphoric experience and then they live happily ever after.

Then something about the idea I had changed as I watched the series premiere of "Secret Life of the American Teenager," a popular teen drama from ABC family about a girl who struggles with being a mother in high school. One of the first and most memorable scenes of the show is when Amy Juergens talks to her best friends about what it was like to have sex for the first time. Her friends were ecstatic for her at first until she revealed her dismay, telling them "I didn't exactly realize what was happening until, like, after two seconds, and then it was just over. And it wasn't fun and definitely not like what you see in the movies, you know, all romantic and stuff."

I heard those words and was immediately taken aback. As a 13-year-old, sex wasn't on my mind much, but I couldn't help but hope that I could experience the magic I saw on screen. Then eight years later I have sex for the first time and I realized that what she said was right...not about the part about it not being fun, but more-so about the part that sex is not actually like what is depicted in the movies.

Here are five examples in movies that created unrealistic sex scenes for its viewers:

1. "Skyfall"



This steamy scene between Bond and Severine make shower sex look passionate and trouble-free, but do its expectations match reality? No. What they don't show you is the sting from the water getting into your eyes, the awkward positions your bodies have to accommodate with if there's a significant height difference between you and your partner and the fact that water is a terrible substitute for lube because it strips away the natural lubrication your genitals produce.

2. "No Strings Attached"



Sometimes there are those moments when you want to have sex, but you don't have that much time on your hands so you have to fit in a quick session before work in the morning, in between classes, or right before the kids come back home. Though Natalie Portman's "O" face is spot on, the main thing that makes her quickie with Ashton Kutcher's unrealistic is that she still manages to climax after 45 seconds without any kind of foreplay, lube, or toys involved. The female orgasm is still possible during a quickie, but in real life, there will still have to be creative measures involved so that enough stimulation outside of penetration is involved to get her warmed up.

3. "Fifty Shades of Grey"



As much as I enjoyed the playfulness behind Ana and Christian dipping ice cream on each other's bodies and licking it off each other, I couldn't help but roll my eyes at how over exaggerated it became. Yes, I understand that when something feels good, a moan or some type of vocalization will happen, but getting some kisses and licks on your thighs isn't going to have you arching your back like a demon going through an exorcism.

4. "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"



Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's chemistry and passion in this scene is undeniable and it almost makes you want to start a fight with your partner just so you two can have some hot, angry sex just like them. Here's the problem though. They go from nearly killing each other to being boo'ed up like nothing happened. While angry sex can be a way for some couples to express emotions through adrenaline, it isn't the answer to our problems and shouldn't be a substitute for healthy communication.

5. "Titantic"



The moment in the movie when Kate Winslet's hand slams against the door of the car and drifts down as we stare at her steamy handprint and secretly wish we were sleeping with Leonardo DiCaprio will always be a classic. However, this scene is still a scam for those who hope car sex is as passionate and heartfelt as that. Truth be told, there's limited space to feel comfortable so leg cramps are inevitable and sliding against leather feels awful on your skin. To top things off, if you aren't careful enough, you may get caught by the police and ultimately have to register as a sex offender depending on your state's laws.

I truly hope for the day that sex in the media is represented in more of a realistic way, but until then, we just have to remember to take movies for what they are. Acting. There's a lot of time, scripts, makeup, and lights that are involved in these scenes that make them what they are, unlike the sex that happens in real life. As a matter of fact, sometimes sex isn't romantic. Sometimes it's not a fairy tale. There are times when it can be mind-blowing and other times when it's awkward, funny, or simply not what we expect. Do I appreciate fictional sex? Of course. But mainstream entertainment should also take the time to show us more than the sex we supposedly fantasize about and also show us sex that we can look at and see ourselves.

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