Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Izzy Lee's disturbing short film, Legitimate Rape combines horror and politics in an extremely unsettling manner.  Opening with quite possibly the most infuriating quote ever uttered by a politician, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Izzy Lee takes Todd Aikin's moronic statement and completely spins it on its head.  The short film follows a Senator seated with some form of alcohol watching a sexy striptease from a woman clad in rope.  As she undoes her "constraints" with the aide of the Senator, his drink seems to hit him a bit harder than it should, and he passes out.  What starts out as a beautiful metaphor for the way women are constantly paraded in a male dominated society while congruently forced to exist within the strict confines of misogynist rules. (I'm speaking generally, of course.) immediately shifts left into a wild experiment with body horror.  Men cannot get pregnant. Period. If a man is raped he will not ever experience something growing inside of him without his consent.  This isn't to say that male rapes are any less traumatic or less important, but the fact of the matter is that men wouldn't ever need to have their bodies "shut that whole thing down" because they cannot get pregnant. Well, Izzy Lee tries to symbolically show the bodily violation of a female that doesn't have a body "shutting that whole thing down" but from the male perspective.  It's a little sexy, a little gory, but it delivers a message loud and clear.  Rape. Is. Rape.

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