Anonymous said: Please tell me Jason did not actually threaten to rape Violet? If so what the hell are the writers thinking?!
While Jason did not state outright “I am going to rape you”, the language he used and the context in which he used it in was rapey. He was also yelling, aggressively posturing, and pushing Violet against a car, because he was angry that she made him feel emasculated.
Taken from a transcript of the show….
VIOLET: What the fuck?! Get back in the car.
It’s not safe out here.
What are you doing?
JASON: I am a man.
I’m a fucking officer of the law.
You left me standing with my dick out back there.
How do you think that makes me feel?
VIOLET: I don’t know, Jason.
How does that make you feel?
JASON:You won’t let me fuck you.
You won’t let me do my job.
You fucking feed on me every night.
This is bullshit! My balls are so fucking blue, they’re about to fall off.
VIOLET: Well, what are you going to do about it, huh, Jason?
JASON: I’m gonna fuck you.
And you’re gonna fuck me back.
We’re gonna fuck together.
You hear me, woman? Let’s fuck!
VIOLET: It’s about fucking time, Jason.
I’ve been waiting.
People have defended the scene, saying Violet wanted him to do (was goading him into it) and Jason couldn’t have actually forced her to do anything because she’s stronger (which, well yes, but humans CAN get the better of vamps, and I’m sure Jason had at least a silver chain in the car), neither of which actually excuse the real problem with that scene, which was the message from the scene is “No means Yes/No mean fuck me despite my refusal of you/What women really want is for you to be a man, and being a man means ignoring her stated consent and just taking what you want”. Which would be gross no matter what, but is especially troubling with True Blood’s problematic history with rape and consent.
(And of course, they still don’t talk about how Violet used her blood to make Jason want to have sex with her, roofied him with her blood. Remember Jason begging her not to rape him last season? Because he knew that vampire blood is vampire-specific roofies and can control a person’s emotions/reactions.)
Honestly, I had trouble with the “blue balls” language, too, because 1) it’s never someone else’s obligation to relieve your horniness; 2) claiming “blue balls” is a tactic boys and men frequently use to try to pressure girls and women (especially young/inexperienced girls) into sexual activity they do not feel comfortable with.
Violet waiting for him to “man up” or some BS before she would have sex with him is not a defense of the scene because it still perpetuates a “no means maybe” or “no means try harder” message. Which, hello, rape culture.
If Jason is uncomfortable with the lack of reciprocity in their sexual relationship, the solution is to talk to her about it or leave, not this garbage.
And honestly? Saying that he is not strong enough to actually do anything is exactly the same kind of BS that makes people believe that men can’t be raped by women. Again, rape culture.
I absolutely back you up that Jason’s speech was highly problematic, and positioned his female partner as owing him sex. Jason’s whole speech is essentially, ‘You owe me sex now, and so I’m gonna fuck you.”
I bolded everything that was perfection.
Oh wait, I bolded the whole thing!
I would totally high-five you if we were in close enough proximity.