Lauren

Speaking of rape, if you want to feel outraged, horrified, saddened, and trapped, you should watch this first episode of a (fictional) web series about the rape of a female U.S. Army Sergeant.

Even if that doesn’t sound like fun, here are three other reasons to watch:

  1. The production values are fantastic for YouTube. The series stars Jennifer Beals of Flashdance (and more recently, The L Word) and Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars and looks like broadcast-quality TV.
  2. The series is three episodes long. Only the first is up on YouTube, but it clocks in at just over 11 minutes. So even if you eventually watch all three, the time commitment is low.
  3. WIGS, the production company behind Lauren, makes woman-centric content with all-female leads. As such, the story takes its characters seriously and avoids objectification of any kind. This one-room, dialogue-driven scene between just two characters manages to rivet your attention with its exploration of the multi-faceted nature of rape within the ranks of our military.

You know what? You can probably scratch those first two reasons.

Via The Jane Dough