Sex Roles

, Volume 68, Issue 9–10, pp 629–633 | Cite as

No Stranger in the Bushes: The Ambiguity of Consent and Rape in Hook up Culture

The Line: Where is the Line of Consent? Written, Directed, and Produced by Nancy Schwartzman, Northampton, Mass., Media Education Foundation, 2010. 24 min. $195.00 (University price). ISBN: 1-932869-42-5
  • Melissa Swauger
  • Dana Hysock Witham
  • Diane Shinberg
Media Review

In The Line, U.S. director Nancy Schwartzman unravels the complexity of sexuality and rape when a one night stand takes an unpredictable turn. Using voiceover and interviews with friends, professionals, and even her perpetrator, she traces the events of the night of her rape and the days and months following. This brief, 24 min, personal story raises critical legal, cultural, and personal questions about sex and consent and examines such themes as the normalization of violence against women, the instability of female sexual empowerment, and the shifting line of sexual consent.

The story begins with Schwartzman reading a letter from her mother who writes in response to Schwartzman’s disclosure of her rape. While living in Jerusalem, Schwartzman went home with a male co-worker after a night of partying. She consented to several sexual acts but was sodomized during the interaction. Her mother’s response, while loving and kind, warns Schwartzman the perpetrator may not define his actions...


Sexual Violence Restorative Justice Rape Myth Music Video Israeli Defense Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa Swauger
    • 1
  • Dana Hysock Witham
    • 1
  • Diane Shinberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana University of PAIndianaUSA

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