’13 Reasons Why’ and the Devastating Power of Rape Culture

SPOILER ALERT/CONTENT WARNING: This post contains spoilers from the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and discusses sexual assault and rape culture.

 

You’ve probably heard of the new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. Like most Netflix series, it is taking the Internet by storm. I was hesitant to watch the show at first because it looked very sad (you know from the beginning that the heroine has killed herself), and I thought I was too old to watch a show based on a young adult novel. However, I am really glad I decided to watch it. The series is raw, suspenseful, has a great soundtrack, and is filled with a cast of dynamic, diverse characters.

The show is about a 17-year-old girl named Hannah Baker who records 13 tapes before she kills herself. Each tape is about a person in her high school who hurt her somehow. Whether they actively did something malignant, or unintentionally triggered a previous trauma, each tape describes a heart-wrenching event that shaped Hannah’s decision to take her own life. She drops all 13 tapes off with her friend, Tony before she dies, and he passes them to the first person who is discussed in … Read more