Stop selling the Grindhouse Rapist Doll
Posted by charliegrrl on May 4, 2007
The Rapist No 1 Doll is being sold by a few companies. The Rapist No 1 is modelled on a character in the Tarantino/Rodriguez film Grindhouse- a torture porn film.
Letter in The Guardian May 3rd
The availability of the so-called toy Rapist Number One – a character from Grindhouse – demonstrates so clearly the links between the prevalence of rape and sexually violent films and pornography. The purchaser of the toy will not necessarily commit rape, but his acquisition legitimates rape. His action, and the availability of this toy, sustains a culture in which rape and sexual violence are not taken seriously; in which sexual violence is normalised and legitimated. We may not have the empirical evidence which clearly shows that watching violent porn makes someone commit rape, but the fact that this film has spawned this sort of merchandise, sold as a “toy”, should tell us all we need to know about the harmful nature of this sort of material.
Professor of Law, Durham University
Rape Crisis England and Wales are urging people to complain.
[*edit* as a result of complaints, You Buy Now are no longer selling the rapist doll,
see comments 07/05/07]
Complain to Amazon by emailing them or by ringing their customer services 0800 279 6620
[*edit* Amazon has removed the Rapist doll from Amazon.com, but it still remains on
Anymore places selling the rapist doll? Please let us know