Undergraduate Research Paper
TW: mentions of sexual violence and rape
When it comes to the subject of sexual violence, there are systemic and cultural effects that prevents assaulters from being properly prosecuted. In the U.S., perpetrators of sexual violence largely consists of heterosexual, white men (RAINN, 2022). So, we begin to question the ways in which sexual violence and masculinity are interconnected. By conducting a psychoanalytic analysis of Emerald Fennell’s 2020 film Promising Young Woman, the ideas of toxic masculinity and “rape culture” will be deconstructed in regard to Cassie’s–the protagonist–story. Theories by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung will be connected to real-life relations regarding society’s attempts to justify the acts of sexual violence committed by men. Character analyses of major characters in the film will also be discussed to add further support that ties sexual violence to toxic masculinity, with psychoanalysis as its foreground.
University of Washington Tacoma
TCOM 444 Gender, Ethnicity, Class, and the Media
Briones, Marjorie A.
"Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman (2020): A Psychoanalytic Review of Masculinity and Rape Culture,"
Access*: Interdisciplinary Journal of Student Research and Scholarship: Vol. 6:
1, Article 7.
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