Why Malec’s First Shadowhunters ~Sex Scene~ Contributes to Rape Culture
Every week, Shadowhunters fans wait on bated breath for Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr.) and Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario) to appear on screen, fall in love even further and prove that they’re MAJOR #RelationshipGoals. The anticipation for last night’s pre-Valentine’s Day episode, which tackled the Shadowhunter’s desire to have sex with his boyfriend for the first time, was high, but fans’ excitement quickly turned to anger over the importance of consent.
First, Alec goes to Izzy with questions about knowing when the time is right and makes it clear that he wants to take the next step with Magnus. When the Shadowhunter greets his bae with a passionate kiss and admits his desires, the Warlock explains that he feels “vulnerable” and is worried having sex will cause him to lose his love. Alec replies, “You have nothing to worry about; I want this,” and proceeds to kiss and push him off screen.
While Malec is not exactly shown having sex, it’s definitely implied…even though Magnus clearly did not give his consent.
i'm disappointed about the malec scene, magnus' feelings and his consent about having sex with alec could have been more clear
— mel,, 2 (@freakindaddario) February 14, 2017
Like, they're trying to say that consent was implied but it just faded to black ??? without even an 'okay' from Magnus ???
— i'm the flower wolf (@pennysteen) February 14, 2017
@alecIightvood first of all they didnt show magnus giving consent to having sex. alec just rushed in, said "lets take it to the next step" –
— miri (@lightbaene) February 14, 2017
— Lynn Marcil (@NerdySaloperie) February 14, 2017
@DSwim Magnus was obviously uncomfortable and Alec did not wait for consent. People are rightfully worried, and about more than one thing
— Jade (@levayajade) February 14, 2017
I rewatched the final Malec scene and I'm truly sorry for sounding dismissive of y'all concerns about Magnus' consent in that scene.
— Suhasini/SH Spoilers (@PatronusMalec) February 14, 2017
Saying Shadowhunters fans were pissed would be an understatement. The Freeform hit’s Showrunner, Darren Swimmer, addressed fans’ concerns after being bombarded with questions on Twitter late last night.
“We thought it was a given that Alec wouldn’t have forced anything, but a fair point that we could have made consensus more clear on screen. Consent: a big issue. Thank you for sharing your POV on this topic.”
Very true. Consent is needed in EVERY situation, no matter what. Here’s to hoping next week’s episode will dive further into this scene and show a bit more of the boys’ conversation.
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