Screening #MeToo

Rape Culture in Hollywood

Edited by Lisa Funnell & Ralph Beliveau

Subjects: Film Studies, Women's Studies, Popular Culture
Hardcover : 9781438487595, 273 pages, April 2022
Paperback : 9781438487601, 273 pages, October 2022

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Table of contents


Introduction: The Promise of #MeToo as a Theoretical Lens
Lisa Funnell and Ralph Beliveau

Part I: Sexual Politics and Violence in Established Genres

1. Delightful Duties? Sexual Violence in the Connery-Era James Bond Films (1962–1971)
Lisa Funnell

2. Before #MeToo: Maria Schneider and the Cultural Politics of Victimhood
Sabrina Moro

3. A Rapist in My Apartment: Class, Rape, and Saturday Night Fever
Katherine Karlin

4. Deny the Beast: The Howling (1981) and Rape Culture
Brian Brems

5. A Woman of Obvious Power: Witchcraft and the Case against Marital Rape in 1980s America
Emily Naser-Hall

Part II: Consequences and the Fixing Gaze: Surveillance and Rape/Revenge

6. "The Rapiest Film of the 1980s": Analog "Revenge Porn," Raced and Gendered Surveillance, and Revenge of the Nerds
Julia Chan

7. "Nothing happened to her that she didn't invite": Wes Craven, Rape Culture, and the Scream Trilogy
Brittany Caroline Speller

8. Survivors in Rape-Revenge Films: Melancholic Vigilantes
Amanda Spallacci

9. Painting Pain on Her Skin: Vigilante Justice and the Feminist Revenge Heroine in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Nicole Burkholder-Mosco

Part III: Teen Comedies and Women's Horror Stories in the #MeToo Era

10. Taking Consent into Account: American Teen Films amidst #MeToo
Michele Meek

11. Flipping the Script on Consent: Recentering Young Women's Sexual Agency in Teen Comedies
Shana MacDonald

12. Seeing What Isn't There: The Invisible Man and #MeToo
Michelle Kay Hansen

13. Believable: Feminist Resistance of Rape Culture in Netflix's Unbelievable
Tracy Everbach


Considers how Hollywood films since the 1960s have both reflected and shaped attitudes toward rape and sexual violence.


2023 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Screening #MeToo offers an important and timely discussion of the pervasive nature of rape culture in Hollywood. Essays in the collection examine films released from the 1960s onward, a broad period that coincides with the end of the Motion Picture Production Code in Hollywood, which resulted in more frequent and increasingly graphic images of sex and violence being included in mainstream movies. Focusing on narratives in which surveillance and sexual violence feature prominently, contributors from North America and Europe examine a variety of film genres, including spy films, teen comedies, kitchen sink dramas, coming-of-age stories, rape/revenge films, and horror films. Reflecting the increasing social and academic awareness of sexual violence in Hollywood film and its transmission and cultivation of rape culture in the United States and abroad, they are concerned not only with the content of the films under scrutiny but also with the clear relationship between the stories, how they are being told, and the culture that produced them. Screening #MeToo challenges readers to look at mainstream Hollywood films differently, in light of attitudes about art and power, sexuality and consent, and the pleasures and frustrations of criticizing "entertainment" films from these perspectives.

Lisa Funnell is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is the coauthor (with Klaus Dodds) of Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond. Ralph Beliveau is Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. He is the coauthor (with Erika Engstrom) of Gramsci and Media Literacy: Critically Thinking about TV and the Movies.


"Screening #MeToo offers readers the benefit of a breadth of history and genre without sacrificing in-depth analysis of specific films … All the essays are well written and will prompt readers to rethink popular films within shifting cultural landscapes and representation." — CHOICE

"Screening #MeToo provides a significant contribution to the field of film and feminist media studies by examining and analyzing the ways in which Hollywood films have shaped our understanding of rape and its impact on our society. As the first collection to directly address the interconnections between Hollywood films and rape culture, the book will provide the basis for a much broader analysis of the ways in which rape has been portrayed throughout US popular culture, and how these representations have both negatively and positively impacted the ways in which we make sense of rape culture in our society." — Sarah Nilsen, University of Vermont