This got me to thinking. What is it that makes movies and television portraying rape so entertaining? I have seen all the Swedish movies, read the first book and saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo... it's rough. It is not easy to watch or read. But the process of reading the book I still really enjoyed for some reason. Maybe "enjoyed" is not the right word. I had seen the movies prior to reading the book and I was still reading large portions with my jaw dropped. But it's not like sexual violence is "so shocking" (unfortunately). I don't know how many episodes of Law & Order: SVU I've seen, but it's a lot. It's not even something that if I turn it on and it's on I'll watch it, but I actively seek SVU out. Why??
I have very little theories on why people--women especially--are interested in watching portrayals of sexual violence or violence against women. I think part of it has to do with the "final girl" theory--that we derive some sort of education from watching these things, like, if I see how Laurie survives Michael Myers, then I will know what to do the next time my serial-killer-psychopath-brother tries to kill me. It can't be all that though, right? I mean, it's not like I came out of Dragon Tattoo HAPPY. I don't watch SVU and then skip around making cupcakes. It's sad! Why is this!??
So I'm opening this up to you, internet-world:
Whatever your gender, do you watch media that depicts sexual violence? Why? What do you get from it? If you don't why not?