She-Hulk’s recent Starfox-centered storyline is a topic that’s come up again on the blogosphere recently and people are weighing in their thoughts:
Blog@ contributor Ragnell starts things off by explaining how she began to lose interest in the She-Hulk comic:
Which means we have another fake rape accusation in the pop culture consciousness. In a culture where it already so damned hard to bring a rape to trial because so many people that women are just waiting to make an accusation at the slightest offense. Where I can get into a 45 minute argument at work with men who think that there is actually some sort of gain in going to the police to report a rape, which goes the exact opposite of every statistic and anecdote I’ve ever heard about it.
On her livejournal, mildredmilton explains why she disagrees with Ragnell’s interpretation:
Honestly, it never read like that to me. To me, it was very clear that the victim was raped. She wasn’t ‘making something up.’ Starfox did use his powers on her. That did remove her ability to reason, and thus did not allow her to consent. She was raped.
The argument isn’t that Starfox is innocent. If anything the only defense is diminished capacity to reason. He didn’t know that he was using his powers, just thought that the woman was willing to have sex with him. In fact, at the end of the story, Starfox willingly gives up his powers, horrified by his own brush with mind control. He’s then told that before his sin is fully expiated he has to seek forgiveness from all his ‘victims.’ The word they use is ‘victims.’ It’s clear that what he did was rape, even if he didn’t know it.
So what do you think?