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Sep 29 2013, 05:35 PM
Sep 29 2013, 04:05 PM
Sep 29 2013, 03:55 PM
I didn't watch when Jack assaulted Kayla, but I did watch the you tube clip. Looking at it from today's perspective, there was lots of grey. No one was a complete fault; all 3 played a significant part in what occurred.
Each was at fault for different things. There was nothing gray about the rape itself, or exculpatory for Jack in the others' wrongdoings.
Trust me, I don't excuse Jack at all. His actions were wrong. (all of them) I just don't think you can separate all of the character actions and choices that culminated in the rape. Chalk it up to excellent writing choices. The character interaction and development eventually led to Jack's road to redemption. I just hope all of this is played out in this dealing.
I agree that it was complicated, but I do think you can separate who is responsible for what pretty easily. Adults are responsible for their own actions. I don't think Kayla is any more responsible for Jack raping her, because she led him on in the relationship, than, say, for Duke raping Adrienne (something else Steve accused her of because she kept Steve from killing his father, which would have prevented the assault). The dynamics were complicated but the actions were simple.

The story was actually socially relevant at the time because the marital rape exception was just being phased out in a number of states. Before these laws changed in the 70's and 80's, if you were a wife, you didn't have the right to refuse consent to your husband. And as awful as it can be for the victims to see their attackers get off with a slap on the hand like Jack did, that is also realistic because marital rape is still often prosecuted as a lesser crime to this day, even when it is violent like Jack's assault which left bruises. So to see Kayla's consciousness of what happened to her, and standing up for herself on the stand, was a good social moment for Days.
Edited by granolagirl, Sep 30 2013, 01:19 AM.
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