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His behavior is the catalyst that allows Bianca to consent to a committed relationship. Similarly, Travis’s decision in Beautiful Disaster to be a better man validates his relationship with Abby. If he had continued to be an emotionally abusive asshole, and Abby had refused to take him back, she would just be the latest in a long line of tramps. Getting married and becoming Mrs. Travis Maddox legitimizes the pairing, but it is Travis who is the ultimate agent in that transformation. ” Sam has decided that they will always be together: Because their love is pure, Grace’s morality will remain intact.

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, one in five women in the United States has been raped—that’s almost 22 million. 4 million women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking, with assault and murder disproportionately affecting trans women and women with disabilities. Only a fraction of cases are reported and brought to trial. But ID viewers aren’t exposed to these realities—instead, they get vetted anecdotes about assault, sexualized corpses, and manipulative vamps, as well as twisted object lessons about violence and crime.

Often the lesson is that they have to respect themselves before anyone else will. In The Duff, when Bianca’s father almost catches Wesley going down on Bianca and then calls her “a little whore,” Wesley stands up for her. “You aren’t a whore, Bianca. ” In Anatomy of a Boyfriend, Dom learns that she doesn’t have to shape her life around Wes’s interests, hobbies, and friends. ” These messages remind readers that sex is a facet of human activity, and it can be positive or negative, but the act of having sex is completely separate from moral goodness.

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