Troubling TV: Domestic Violence in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’

During spring this year, HBO launched a seven-part miniseries called Big Little Lies, based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same title. The show was incredibly popular, earning high-ratings and winning several awards, but this is not simply down to the cast. Refreshingly, Big Little Lies is based around the lives of three female protagonists. The show explores in detail their marriages, friendships, and relationships with their children, all the while hinting that these storylines will lead to the death of a main character. It is clear from the opening episode of Big Little Lies that violence is prevalent in the lives of these characters, and it permeates the plot in three significant ways. The story begins with the arrival of single mom Jane Chapman and her young son, who seek a fresh start in … Read More

The Normalization of Sexual Violence Through Rape Culture

With the rush of sexual assault allegations in the past few years, we hear the term “rape culture” often. But what exactly is rape culture? Rape culture is defined as a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse. We live in a society that normalizes this culture on a daily basis. You probably experience rape culture on a daily basis without even realizing it. Rape culture supports the idea that men hold some sort of power over women. It is perpetuated on social media, on TV and in movies, in the music we listen to and even in the language we choose to use. We see colleges and universities actively try and sweep rape cases under the rug for the sake of their image, TV … Read More