For decades, Academy Award winner "Gone with the Wind", was on everybody’s top ten best movies of all time. Yet, this movie is the epitome of forced sex as romance.
Scarlet fights off Rhett Butler but to no avail as he sweeps her up the staircase for some good old fashioned marriage rape. Scarlet's reaction the next morning-- pure joy.
We were taught that no matter what she said or how strongly she protested, he knew best and she would be oh so happy if she went along with rape.
In this painting, I used red and green, because I wanted to subliminally highlight the concept of stop and go, because what is portrayed here is a woman saying stop, but the man, again in these movies, reads that as Go. What you, the guy wants, matters more. So keep going-- be more persistent, more relentless, use force, make her.
I used glitter on the surface and letters to highlight that this may have absorbed as a shiny pre-teen/teenage fairytale but as adults, we need to re-examine and discard it.
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