This thought occurred to me, and I’m curious to see what other people think, because I’m struggling to understand where people draw the line on Dollhouse and rape. Alas, my influx of Whedonesque viewers has largely vanished, but hopefully enough of y’all watch Dollhouse that we can get a conversation going without them.
I’ve got a multipart question:
1. Do you think that the activity which occurs between Sierra and her handler in “Man on the Street” is rape? Why/why not?
2. In “Needs,” we learn that Sierra is in the Dollhouse because she had the audacity to refuse a very powerful man (Nolan). He references hiring her for engagements, and it’s made clear that sexual activity occurs during these engagements. Would you consider this rape? Why/why not?
3. In several episodes, we see scenes in which Echo and clients engage in sexual activity. Would you consider this rape? Why/why not? What is the difference between the sexual activity between Echo and clients in these engagements and the activity between Sierra and Nolan?
4. What about Victor and the Mysterious Ms. Lonelyhearts? Are these engagements rapes? Why/why not?