[TW: rape, drugs, misogyny]And this was actually the first story that Joss pitched to me when he asked me to come work on the show. He said, ‘These are the kind of stories we’re gonna tell.’
I cringed so hard at this. What the fuck joss?
jesus fuck, I thought that syringe was a suicide thing in case of reavers. This is so much worse.
I thought this was sick and horrible. Even the actors are visibly disturbed (and not in a wow what a brilliant dark idea way)
Not indicative of Joss Whedon being anti-feminist though. Which is what a lot of you are suggesting/saying.
He’s using rape as a plot point to show how Mal feels about Inara (and to make him treat her like a lady, because rape makes him realise she’s worth more than when she has consensual sex?). Inara has no agency in this situation; she’s still raped, she’s still brutalised, she can’t escape. And the twist at the end isn’t about her, it’s about Mal.
This is a seriously misogynist thing to do. It isn’t the only sexist thing Whedon has done but it’s really awful that one of his favourite concepts for a show was to show a woman (specifically a sex worker) gang-raped, then have the key point of the episode be a man’s reaction to it.