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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TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. National Sexual Assult Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
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.

Cover Image Credit: Netflix

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8 Struggles That Only LGBTQ+ College Students Face Navigating Hookup Culture

Yep, college really does make being queer so much harder

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Hookup culture is an impossible labyrinth for any college student to navigate. Now imagine having to first figure out which fish are eligible in that great sea we're always told we've got to cast our lines into. That's what it's like to be LGBTQ+ and caught in the midst of a thriving sex fest, you get a smaller net and just a puddle to search through. But wait! There are even more struggles we have to cope with that I haven't even touched upon yet!

1. Bicuriosity will be the death of you

I don't have anything against people casually exploring their sexualities, but I won't lie and say it doesn't hurt to find out that someone you've been messing around with isn't actually gay. Not every queer person is willing to be "tried on" for the sake of an experiment, so you should always tell your partner beforehand that you're just acting on your curiosity and aren't looking for anything concrete. Put your intentions out there before anything physical ensues and you'll be saving yourselves from a lot of disappointment and heartache.

2. The "promiscuous" stereotype

For some reason, an individual who is anything but heterosexual is automatically assumed to be sexually-active and, dare I say it, slutty. "She says she KNOWS she likes girls, but how could she know unless she had sex with at least two or three of them to feel it out?" "He's gay, so clearly he's done it in the butt and he must be dirty as all hell."

I mean, seriously? You can be a virgin and STILL be confident about your identity! And just because we hook up with people of the same sex doesn't make us disgusting— especially while straight people hook up just as often.

3. "Was that just the alcohol or are they really into me?"

Give an sexually-adventurous college student a few ounces of liquor and you're bound to embolden them enough yield to live out their fantasies and play the field. And that's great for you at first—you've been eyeing that cutie all night and hoped they'd be into you, and it turns out that they sure do seem like they are. But there's always the possibility that your late-night lover let the alcohol do all of the talking, and they'll wake up with no desire to ever be with you again. And that can be terrifying for us queer folks to think about.

4. Chances are, your hookup knows your ex (who knows your other ex, who knows you OTHER ex)


While the LGBTQ+ community is sizable, it's not too concentrated in one area. Your college town will have a limited number of people who are emotionally and physically available to you. And your opportunities continue to shrink from there; you want to hook up with someone, for example, but you restrain yourself because you know for a fact that they're good friends or were once involved with your ex. The queer collective is the equivalent of a small town; it's inevitable that you'll cross paths with someone linked to your past in ways that aren't always the best.


5. The odds of meeting people in a public setting are slim

Assuming that 10% of the population identifies with an LGBTQ+ identity, there will only ideally be 10 people at a party of 100 who are open to being with you. And that's not even considering who is taken or just isn't into hookups…so it's safe to say that the search is going to be difficult. We aren't wearing any special badges that can distinguish us from the straight majority, so it's next to impossible to figure out if that cutie by the keg actually plays for your team without asking them.

6. People assume you're straight right off the bat

I don't need to convince you that I'm queer, nor will I ever expend precious energy attempting to do so. My sexual orientation doesn't have to be supported by evidence of a stereotypical appearance or demeanor to be valid. And it's not a safe assumption anymore to think that everyone you encounter is straight or even cisgender.

Even other queer people are guilty of expecting an explanation; some may confess to me that they were afraid to talk to me at first because I "looked too straight." What that says to me is that they don't think I'm genuine enough to be part of the LGBTQ+ community— and that is just plain hurtful.

7. Your Tinder matches only seem interested in threesomes

My sexuality isn't a toy for you to incorporate into your intimate lives. Just because I'm comfortable sleeping with the same sex doesn't imply that I'm up for being tonight's third. Bisexuals are especially victimized by dating apps in this fashion; everyone thinks you must be into threeways if you like having sex with both guys and girls because it's twice the fun.

Ugh.

8. Someone is always trying to label you

"So what are you, anyway?" "What do you MEAN you don't have a label?"

Oh, honey. Here's a newsflash: I am not a Campbell's soup can and therefore do not need to walk around with a name of any kind slapped onto my forehead. If you label yourself willingly and voluntarily, that's perfectly fine. But keep in mind that there are a lot of people who choose not to settle with one identity or simply haven't found one that fits them yet. Regardless, their sexual behaviors are none of your business. So if she exclusively sleeps with girls, but refuses to call herself a lesbian, that's HER choice.

It's not easy being queer in a college setting, but that doesn't mean we aren't proud to be who we are. The difficulties continue to shape us every day into stronger and more resilient individuals and we wouldn't trade that for the world.

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STDs Are At An All Time High In The United States Because No One Bothers Checking Their Hookup’s Sexual History

Were you safe? Did you ask about their sexual history or if they have been tested lately?

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Whenever a friend tells me they're seeing someone new, I always ask the same question:

"Were you safe? Did you ask about their sexual history or if they have been tested lately?"

My friends always roll their eyes and call me "mom." They say they didn't ask because it would've "killed the mood."Well the STD that person may have also kills the mood. Just saying.

STDs are at an all-time high because no one bothers to talk about their sexual history. Women, in particular, need to get their yearly checks because if the STD or other vaginal problems aren't caught there can be severe repercussions like contracting the new STD, donovanosis. (This is a "flesh-eating" STD that is spreading all over the UK.)

Truthfully, men and women have to be more careful, especially with hookup culture being so prominent. It's fine to sleep with whoever you want but there has to be a line and it has to be maintained. Think about what happens after that line is crossed. You get STDs, unwanted pregnancy, and, potentially, a disease for life.

Checking a hookup's sexual history is key but not just for avoiding douche canoes but also because AIDS is still prominent today. It's treatable, sure but it isn't curable. You'll suffer from a disease for the rest of your life because you didn't want to ask one simple question: Have you been tested recently?

The highest record of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016. Over TWO MILLION cases were reported and we could've cut down on those numbers by practicing safe sex and asking awkward questions before jumping in bed.

These are curable but can lead to serious health issues such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth risk, and even higher chance of contracting HIV.

So ask yourself: Is it worth it?

Practice safe sex. Wrap it up.

And ask your hookup if they've been tested lately because you don't want to be another statistic.

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