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Guest post by Anna Wynveen
I sat down to write a quick review of the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I soon realized that, not only is a quick review impossible, but I’m definitely not qualified to handle a discussion about this movie.
The story centres around Lisbeth Salander, a bisexual goth-geek private investigator. She is hired by an excommunicated reporter to help solve the case of a missing woman. Lisbeth is the victim of abuse (a long painful history is implied but not shared with the audience), and the film contains a graphic scene of her being raped by her social worker. Did I say graphic? I meant GRAPHIC. It was definitely not an overtly sexy, Eminem-Rihanna depiction of violence against women. But is it ever possible to portray sexual violence without it being sexualized? And is this just the latest in a line of stories, written by men, which aim to titillate viewers with graphic depictions of men raping and murdering women?
Ugh. I just don’t know. But I would caution anyone who is sensitive to graphic depictions of violence to avoid this movie.Tweet