I didn’t put two and rape shame together until Judith and Harley sat alone together on his plane, coming back from their trip. After a personal conversation, Harley begins to make advances. Judith resists. She tells him to stop. She tells him no. She fights him. Harley then firmly places his hand on her chin, holding her face still. He reminds her that she wants this and then offers her solace: “You can say you resisted.” At no point does she offer her consent to this sexual liaison, and after Harley drops her off at her apartment, Judith insists that she never wants to see him again. She looks at him with disgust and disdain, not like a woman who had lived out a naughty sex fantasy.
She looked like someone who had been raped. It would have been easy to include any detail that shows the audience she wasn’t and show us there was consent involved. “Yes?” ”Yes, please?” Even a simple head nod? Nothing.
Yet the movie doesn’t seem to see it this way or looking at Judith as a victim, and Perry insists on punishing her in increasingly over-the-top ways.