Movie idea! A man is about to be deported to Canada, and to keep his high powered job, orders his assistant to marry him, or he’ll fire her. Afraid of losing her job, she complies, and through a series of endearing mishaps falls in love with her boss.
Switch the roles and its an instant romantic comedy staring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.
There’s no way a movie where a man forces a woman into marriage would sail through the sea of public opinion unscathed. Strangely I doubt that “The Proposal” is going to offer a revealing deconstruction of gender stereotypes and the role power in social and professional relationships. Its become vaguely acceptable in mainstream culture to write in jokes about rape, assault, and harrasment as long as the its a woman doing it to a man.
What do you think of this? I wonder to what degree it forms an overton window. If female on male abuse of power/sexual crime moves past acceptable discourse into mainstream culture, does male on female abuse/crime tag along into acceptable discourse?