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The anatomy of a scandal matters with consent in a post-me too era

Anatomy of a Scandal may seem far removed from reality with its depiction of an upper-class family beset by controversy, but at the heart of the series is an issue with far-reaching consequences: consent.

It’s one of those topics you avoid discussing over dinner, along with religion and politics, for fear of causing conflict. However, the stars Siena Miller, Michelle Dockery, Friend Rupert and Naomi Scott hope the series sparks debate because, as Sienna told E! News, it’s one of those things that “should to speak.”

Sienna’s character, Sophie Whitehouse, understands the relevance of these conversations better than anyone on the show. As the wife of James Whitehouse (friend), a British politician accused of rape by his mistress, Sophie wonders, “How did I help these men feel like they can take what they want without any consequence?”

The show sees her grapple with the role she played in raising a would-be predator, who is ultimately acquitted by a jury of her peers.

And while she shouldn’t be blamed, Sophie can’t help but feel responsible. “She goes on this really interesting journey of self-flagellation and self-discovery and she kind of learns about the way the world has changed,” Sienna explained, adding that society has made strides in terms of sexual empowerment: “ It was different for girls my age when I was growing up than for girls now.”


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