I always enjoy the Hollywood Reporter's Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot but I've been frustrated by recurring comments about the movie Elle. 
The anonymous Academy voters say that Isabelle Huppert is excellent but her character doesn't behave like a victim 'should' after her rape. 
This idea that there is a certain way for people to process trauma is missguided at best, if not dangerous. It negates the individual experience and can be manipulated into yet another reason to disbelief survivors if they don't react as 'expected'

There are countless different ways in which victims can and will react to sexual violence and all are valid. 
It is not up to us to prescribe how survivors 'should' behave. We need to listen, and let them know that they have been heard and believed.
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  • oneilllouI always enjoy the Hollywood Reporter's Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot but I've been frustrated by recurring comments about the movie Elle.
    The anonymous Academy voters say that Isabelle Huppert is excellent but her character doesn't behave like a victim 'should' after her rape.
    This idea that there is a certain way for people to process trauma is missguided at best, if not dangerous. It negates the individual experience and can be manipulated into yet another reason to disbelief survivors if they don't react as 'expected'

    There are countless different ways in which victims can and will react to sexual violence and all are valid.
    It is not up to us to prescribe how survivors 'should' behave. We need to listen, and let them know that they have been heard and believed.

  • irenekelleherAbsolutely! Also what's this 'so no Natalie Portman'- how very dare he! She is amazing!!!
  • sexualviolencecorkThere is no 'should' way a victim of sexual violence to behave. To even pose the question is to enter the realms of victim blaming......except now the question is 'but you are not behaving like a victim......'. Rape culture always questions, doubts and interrogates the victim.......
  • isabellamdavidI've been reading the book. It's very internal, her reaction I mean, so I'm wondering how that will translate to the screen. But in the book, she describes intense fear, anger, and trauma, so maybe whoever reviewed it didn't/ couldn't intuit that?
  • elizabethwould🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
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