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The Aesthetics of Assault

An intersectional analysis of sexual violence against teenage girls in Swedish films from the 2000s and 2010s


  • Norah Jonsson

Summary, in English

Comparing contemporary legislation and social debates to films and TV-shows from the 2000s and 2010s, this study shows a change in approach to the subject of sexual assault from an intersectional angle. The analysis describes a more individual, neo-liberal angle in the early 2000s, and a more holistic and societal angle in the 2010s. With the intersectional approach, the study finds that whiteness, social class, and urban and rural aspects all effect the themes and narrative of sexual assault.


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Document type

Student publication for Master's degree (two years)


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Intersectional Film Studies
  • Sexual Assault in Film
  • Swedish film
  • Teen Film
  • Rape
  • Harassment


  • Elisabet Björklund