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Melissa Rosenburg Discusses the Heavy Subject Matter and Feminism of Jessica Jones.

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Melissa Rosenburg, the EP of Marvel's Jessica Jones, has been making the rounds talking about all things JJ including feminism and how to write rape into a show without being gross about it.

- On rape as a plot point she said: "We're very conscious to treat that aspect of the story with sensitivity and responsibility. For me, if I never see an actual rape on a screen again it'll be too soon. It's becoming ubiquitous, it's become lazy storytelling and it's always about the impact it has on the men around them...It's damaging. It's just hideous messaging, and so coming into this, the events have already happened and this is really about the impact of rape on a person and about healing, survival, trauma and facing demons."

On feminism and Jessicas character: "I'm a pretty out and proud feminist, so that's always very forefront in my consciousness, but really the focus in writing her and breaking story with the other writers, the focus was just on doing a fascinating character. She's not defined by her gender, she is simply a character. When you're writing a white male, you don't approach it as, "Well, what would this white male do?" You just approach it as a character, and I find so many times when people are writing either a female character or a person of color, the character gets limited to that one aspect of who they are and I think that's part of why we see so few of them on our screens"
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tl;dr: Melissa Rosenburg is an amazing person and the best possible choice there ever could have been for Jessica Jones. I highly recommend reading both parts to the interview because there's a lot of great things including more elaboration on the quotes I pulled out here.

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