Promising Young Woman | Why We Need Catharsis



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A brief look at the media history of rape-revenge films and how Promising Young Woman fails to give audiences the kind of catharsis they deserve.

CW: This video is going to be critically discussing the rape-revenge genre, while I do not go into detail or show any sexual assault in the video—I do say the word and I made the decision to not censor it because I found the idea to be honestly very strange. As a survivor, I don’t think the word needs to be censored during analysis and if the Adsense punishes me for it so be it.

If that is too much for anyone, please, don’t feel the need to watch & take care of yourself.

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Thank You to @Be Kind Rewind for being the voice of Emerald Fennell.

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Sources & Links:

https://www.vulture.com/2021/01/promising-young-woman-ending-emerald-fennell-explains.html

https://judedoyle.medium.com/why-we-fight-about-rape-scenes-e681b24586b8

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