Bates Motel

Room for One: A Positive Representation of Female Sexuality on ‘Bates Motel’

The iconic shower scene from 'Psycho'

However, there exists an antidote of sorts in the character of Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke) – a 17-year-old with cystic fibrosis. In a show where sex is conflated with violence, male desire, and death, Emma is an oasis of sex positivity, female desire, and life.

Rape Culture, Trigger Warnings, and ‘Bates Motel’

"Bates Motel" Drawing

A lot of rapes that occur on film and TV are unnecessary and unrealistic while subtly serving to punish the rape victim, to pruriently show the dehumanization of victims (most frequently women), and to trigger audience members who are survivors. A show like ‘Bates Motel’ that so cavalierly uses a tired and painful device in its first episode is definitely not worth my time.