Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

March 2, 2013

ART: The Dark side of Mateship: Rape and Silence in Blackrock

Author: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Title: The Dark side of Mateship
Subtitle: Rape and Silence in Blackrock
Journal: Screen Education
Volume: -
Issue: 68
Year: Summer 2013
Pages: 109-114
ISSN: 1449-857X
Language: English
Full Text: informit [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Watching the depiction of rape in on-screen fictions can be difficult, even harrowing, for viewers - and can become even more so in the case of gang rape. Despite (or perhaps because of) this difficulty, gang rape has become a common plot device in Australian film, one that is used to expose the dark side of otherwise culturally celebrated notions of mateship. Movies like Wasted on the Young (Ben C Lucas, 2010), The Boys (Rowan Woods, 1998), The Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005), Shame (Steve Jodrell, 1988) and Blackrock (Steven Vidler, 1997) all use this type of sexual violence as a way to illustrate the fact that the loyalty we often champion as a key element of white Australian masculinity often comes at a horrific cost. The gender politics that dominate these films demonstrate just how complex - and often hypocritical - widely held attitudes towards sexual violence can be. They force us to question the moral assumptions that we are exposed to through the media on an almost daily basis, and indeed the assumptions that we make ourselves.« [Source: Screen Education]