[tw: rape] As a culture, we still refuse collectively to accept that most rapes are committed by ordinary men, men who have friends and families, men who may even have done great or admirable things with their lives. We refuse to accept that nice guys rape, and they do it often. Part of the reason we haven’t accepted it is that it’s a painful thing to contemplate – far easier to keep on believing that only evil men rape, only violent, psychotic men lurking in alleyways with pantomime-villain moustaches and knives, than to consider that rape might be something that ordinary men do. Men who might be our friends or colleagues or people we look up to. We don’t want that to be the case. Hell, I don’t want that to be the case. So, we all pretend it isn’t. Justice, see?
Actually, rape is very common. Ninety thousand people reported rape in the United States in 2008 alone, and it is estimated that over half of rape victims never go to the police, making the true figure close to 200,000. Between 10 and 20 per cent of women have experienced rape or sexual assault. It’s so common that – sorry if this hurts to hear – there’s a good chance you know somebody who might have raped someone else. And there’s more than a small chance he doesn’t even think he did anything wrong, that he believes that what he did wasn’t rape, couldn’t be rape, because, after all, he’s not a bad guy.
I’m still pissed about the deleted scene from Lauren. Season 6 Prentiss seemed largely flat to me and I don’t like the fact that a chance for us to learn more about her life outside of work was missed. There were opportunities to develop her during the season that were completely passed over- she acted as a negotiator in Middle Man and played the bait in Compromising Positions, but we never see the impact these experiences have on her. (Not that they had to be life-changing; it would have just been nice if they were acknowledged somehow.) Otherwise, in the first half of the season, she acts as an almost generic mysterious, badass broad. We all joke about the Ghost Turtleneck but to me, her new darker, more understated, and modest wardrobe is indicative of how much the (shitty S6) writers changed her character to fit the “spy” stereotype. The deleted scene showed us a previously unknown portion of her life and the fact that she still has ties to her undercover days. That Emily still communicates with Declan and his adoptive father is so much more interesting to me than watching her make witty remarks and shoot people with no visible emotional repercussions. The scene also helps add depth to both Declan and Doyle. We get a vision of Doyle as the abusive father but, more importantly, it humanizes Declan, who we really know nothing about. What makes you care more- Prentiss dying for a stock little boy character, the prize Doyle wants? Or Prentiss dying to protect Declan, the boy she used to know and still knows, a gifted boy who plays piano, rides bikes, and hates guns and violence?
Agree x 100, but I’ll also say they missed opportunities in much of season 5 as well, to expand on how things impact her on a personal level…”slave of duty,” and “retaliation,” immediately come to mind