However, the debunking of rape myths ends there. Bob, the rapist, is crazy, sadistic, and not even human, while Laura, the victim, is masochistic and is suggested as a departure from ordinary women due to her rape fantasies and willing participation in BDSM, prostitution, and pornography.
Twin Peaks suggests that Laura gave her rapist the
opportunity by participating in dangerous or illegal activities, and willingly
going off with the rapist.
As I have demonstrated, nothing of the show’s content is progressive. Although
Twin Peaks is entertaining, cinematically
well-crafted, and its characters are at times endearing, one can hope that the
encouragement of rape myths and strict, traditional gender discourse is not the
progressive next step for prime time television.