Did HBO’s Girls just show a rape scene?

March 11, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment
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Adam Driver from HBO's hit show, Girls

In Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Girls Adam (Adam Driver) has sex with his hesitant and uncomfortable new love interest, Natalia. Was it rape?

HBO’s Girls is a hipster show with commercial appeal centered around attempts to create realistic scenes of friendships, romantic relationships and sex. Sunday’s episode showed the main character’s ex-boyfriend, Adam (Adam Driver) and his new love interest Natalia (Shiri Appleby) in two sex scenes — and one scene may have gone way, way too far. 

Slate magazine ran a story this afternoon by Amanda Hess in which she questions one of the sex scenes: was it just uncomfortable sex or has Girls stepped into rape territory? The scene in question involves Adam ordering Natalia to walk on all fours throughout his apartment and then he proceeds to have sex with her despite her clear lack of enjoyment. She even says “no” several times throughout the sex scene.

You can read the full article on Slate which discusses the sex scene in much greater detail but fans of the show were likely left a bit too uncomfortable: how far does HBO’s Girls push the sex envelope before it begins creating a serious backlash?

Those who have commented on the Slate article have said everything from it was rape to Natalia should have said “stop” and thus been more direct with Adam.

Regardless, the show depicted a character who was more in touch with his own sexual desires and forgot — or chose to ignore — his partner’s obvious hesitations.

Photo courtesy of Joseph Marzullo / WENN.com

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1 Comment

  1. Why don’t you watch the show.

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