The Cultural Value of Abuse

  • Karen BoyleEmail author


It has become something of a cliché to suggest that celebrity perpetrators can hide “in plain sight”. This chapter argues that the cultural values associated with men’s abuse of women provide an explanation for this contradictory in/visibility. It explores how the production cultures of film and television, as well as popular representations of the industries and their stars, can condone male violence against women and blame victims. The chapter analyses how the “in plain sight” narrative functioned in relation to Weinstein, before moving on to compare this with Kevin Spacey’s attempts to incorporate the abuse reports into his existing star persona. In this context, the challenge of a victim/survivor-centred, feminist analysis is that it can disrupt cherished notions of artistic and culture value, as well as viewers’ pleasures.


Rape culture Production cultures Auteur apologism Feminist killjoy Kevin Spacey 


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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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