Remove "365 Days" from Netflix for Glorifying Stockholm Syndrome and Abuse
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1 in 4 women experiences domestic violence in their life. And Netflix clearly stands on the side of the abusers by having a movie that glorifies, romanticizes, and condones sexual assault trending on their top 10 recommended movies to watch around the globe.
Victims of sexual assault are done being complacent in a culture where assault and rape perpetrators are not getting held accountable for their criminal actions.
As a social media public figure and a victim of these crimes (@mikzazon), I am outraged and heartbroken that this movie shows up on teens' "watch next" recommendation.
On Netflix, the description of the movie is this: "A woman falls victim to a dominant mafia boss, who imprisons her and gives her one year to fall in love with him. This erotic drama is based on the bestselling novel "365 dni" by author Blanka Lipinska."
For those who have watched it, we know he talks about child trafficking, sedates her, imprisons her, sexually assaults her, and has sexual relations with her without consent. The main character also uses abuse tactics such as gaslighting, coercion, reproductive coercion, and Stockholm Syndrome to financially, physically, sexually, emotionally, and digitally abuse the woman he had taken. To our terribly corrupt culture, it looks like another "steamy" and sexy love story.
Example: At the beginning of the movie when she wakes up from sedation, he grabs her, slams her into a chair, aggressively gropes her breasts and hips while saying, "I won't do anything without your consent".
7 minutes into the movie, the main character, Massimo, is dressed to the nine, grabs the flight attendants head without permission, and forces her to perform oral sex on him. No verbal consent. Afterward, she smiles.
Let me ask you something. What is a rape victim supposed to look or act like? Quiet? Sad? Often, victims do smile. We even go out to dinner with our assaulters. Because there is a huge misconception here; Rapists and assaulters can be boyfriends, friends, family, partners, acquaintances, and husbands along with strangers.
The reaction of someone after they get assaulted or rape doesn't define whether it's rape or not. Rape and assault are rape and assault, regardless of someone's reaction afterward. But impressionable teens and young adults can't learn that verbal consent is mandatory if popular culture and trending movies romanticize assault, rape, and kidnapping.
I am against censorship and I believe that someone has the right to make this movie. And I'm aware that taking down one film is not enough to undo the issue at hand. The bigger issue is the lack of education around safe and healthy sex because they are being taught about abstinence in health class. That is why children resort to mainstream media platforms, like Netflix, to get this knowledge.
These scenes are being watched by millions of impressionable teens and young adults wanting to learn about intimacy. Except this isn't intimacy, this is an assault served to us on a silver platter.
Adolescent teens around the world are making this movie a trend to have “365 days” inspired sexual experiences, and posting bruises all over their bodies as proof. Using hashtags such as #365dni #365dnichallenge #365dnimovie .
This is a mockery for me, and all of the other victims and survivors who deal with serious longterm effects. For me personally, I have been diagnosed with PTSD and continue to go to therapy, having gone through a 4-year abusive relationship starting at the age of 17.
The least Netflix could have done is to provide disclaimers and resources for what consent is and looks like, and all of the sexual violence against women in the movie. Because they didn't, they are being irresponsible, negligent, and supporting sexual violence.
By taking down this movie on Netflix, we can protect sexual violence in adolescent women and adult women. And we can prevent boys from seeing such horrific behavior as permission to sexual assault and rape women.
To see more, please visit the highlight on my Instagram @mikzazon
For more resources on why Netflix shouldn't condone Domestic Violence (something I never thought I'd have to say) click here
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