The Girl With The (Rabbit?) Tattoo

I’ve been fighting with myself a little bit about possibly seeing the latest release of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but the final decision about going to see it was made the instant I clicked on the movie page within Fandango.

RATED R FOR: Graphic Nudity, Brutal Violent Content, Torture, Language, Rape and Strong Sexuality.

So that’s it. I can’t go.

I can’t do rape scenes, I simply can’t. At least this time around I found out before going to the theater, but it is still frustrating as heck.

Every time this happens my initial thought is that rape and sexual violence is not necessary in movies and it perturbs me that films get made with those themes.

But at the same time, I’m an artist. I understand what it is like to try and tell a story that is too intense for my audience, because I struggle with that every day. Obviously I believe in creative freedom and freedom of speech, but there are just some things that are difficult for me to accept, and impossible for me to watch.


Many many years ago I went to a show with the guy I was dating and two of his friends. Basically, the show was a man telling stories and playing the guitar. When he reached the point where he was singing songs about rape, I became extremely uncomfortable and left the room.

I waited in the lobby of this unfamiliar building waiting for my boyfriend to come check on me. Anyone, to come check on me.

Nobody came. I sat out there by myself for two hours, and then when the show was over and I was upset, I was berated by all three of them.

And I’ll never understand it, because that happened in UTAH. In Utah! Rape songs in what is supposedly the most religious and family-friendly of the states? Who knows.


Really, all I can ask is that movies with these themes be clearly labeled as such, so I’ll give The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo a thumbs up for that, even if I have to give them a thumbs down.

5 responses to “The Girl With The (Rabbit?) Tattoo

  1. We went on christmas day. Not a great choice
    It should have been rated mature audiences only.

    • Wow yeah, that sounds like the opposite of what I’d want to watch on Christmas, and I agree with you about the rating.

  2. I’m sensitive to the subject too. Thanks for the heads up. Is the book any good, at least? I can survive seeing it in print, although it’s not a great feeling, it’s kind of therapeutic in nature. Someone else’s account. Another kind of kinship.

    Just wondering. I have a lot of books I have to get under my belt this year.

    • I haven’t read the book but I’ve heard a lot of good things about the series, I’m sure it is worth checking out!

  3. Just saw this post. I didn’t see it for the same reason. I didn’t realize anyone else was as sensitive to it as I was.

    I just can’t take it. I really wanted to see the movie too. I’ve tried talking myself into it, knowing how it fits into the story overall. But I just can’t do it. I get upset hearing rape jokes too. Probably makes me look like a femnazi but the people making the jokes seem deranged to me.

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