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Monday, March 17, 2014

Was Ward Raped by Lorelei?

Was Ward Raped by Lorelei?


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Am I the only one who thought that the show treated Ward a little callously in the "Yes Man" episode?  I loved this episode it was great watching Sif kick butt and I think the episode works really well provided the viewer doesn't think too much about it.  My problem, is that I always think about this stuff.

Let's review what happens to Ward:
Ward has his will taken over by a spell of Lorelei where the only thing he desires becomes her.  Lorelei then uses him to fight against his friends, his lover, and she forces him to have sex with her.  That is treading upon some dark turf there.  I even read one reviewer who called Ward the "Slut" of the series.  Really?

Lets flip this around. Say there was a Male guy named StarFox who used his powers of persuasion to make a female hero say She Hulk sleep with him.  O' wait this did happen!  well kind of it actually turned out that he did not use his powers on her, but the insinuation of the comics was that this would be rape and very wrong.  The women were victims of these powers who were comforted and the villains were condemned.

So how was Ward shown after the fact?  Did anyone go and comfort Ward?  No not at all.  If anything Melinda May is shown as being the victim of having her lover turned against her.  Ward is nothing but a prop being used to create a problem for Melinda May.  If Ward was a woman would he have been treated so cavalierly?  I recall the scene in Avengers with Hawkeye and Black Widow where he asks if he killed anyone.  It is an emotional moment where Black Widow is a friend and acknowledges the pain he went through.  Why could there not have been a similar moment for Ward who was also sexually violated?  Instead, we see him reaching out to Melinda May who then is angry with him for being in love with someone else.  What the heck?  How does she even know what Lorelei said was true?

Mentally violated Great! I am so Happy
It is almost as bad as the infamous Marcus/Ms Marvel story.  Well not that bad but lets compare the two.
Ms Marvel is kidnapped by Marcus taken to another dimension where she is brainwashed, seduced/raped, and impregnated by a child that rapidly ages into another version of Marcus.  This Marcus is then allowed without any opposition of the Avengers to take her back to the other dimension.  What made this story so controversial was not necessarily the act of Marcus himself.  In the real world rape/brainwashing happens it is terrible but it happens.  What was terrible was the "meh" reaction of the Avengers.  They were just like der der der I guess she wants to go back with this weird alien, umm a little weird but I am pretty busy at the moment so o' well.

The other major problem with Ms Marvel/Marcus story was the way the rape was shown on the panels.  The panels make it appear that ms marvel was enthralled and enjoyed being raped, which is sick. 

She likes it, it must be ok....Right? SO WRONG!!!!!!!!
So how does the Ward story compare:
A) Both were shown enjoying being raped
B) Both were treated callously afterward
C) Ward luckily was not impregnated by a weird alien baby that turned into a duplicate of his attacker.

Considering that the Ms Marvel story is one of the worst sexist stories I can think of, it is pretty bad that I can draw any allusion between it and what happened on a modern Marvel tv show.

Also sexist against women?
My other issue when I think about this episode is that it is also sexist against women.  I know after what I said this seems like backtracking.  We have Sif and Melinda May and kind of this overall girl power amazon fraternity thing going on in this episode which I thought was sweet.  However, that to me was somewhat cheapened by the fact that they fight a villain that only women can fight against.  It kind of says you guys can come up to the front lines only at these special times when the guys are incapacitated.  Compare this to the moment where Sif impales the destroyer in the movie Thor.  That was a true girl power moment because she was fighting alongside and above the boys.

Obviously, I am likely over thinking this episode way too much.  It was suppose to be a convenient way of getting Sif onto to the show, introducing Lorelei, and having a girl power pow wow with Melinda May.  The show did do that successfully.  It is only when you think on it too much that it gets really messy.

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