Kamisama Dolls 07: Apparently some people think it’s okay that Chihaya was raped and killed
“She was an adult who should have known better than to sleep around with her student’s father anyway.”
If you don’t want to be exposed to an excessive amount of vulgarity, you’d be better off not reading the rest of this post.
I’m not going to say where I read that comment, and it’s actually more of a paraphrase of separate comments, but let me quote what I was saying to my fellow writers after seeing said comments.
FUCK WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU SOME FUCKING RELIGIOUS EXTREMIST? SHE SCREWS UP ONCE AND ITS OKAY THAT SHE GETS RAPED AND KILLED?
Let me be clear here – I don’t condone Chihaya sleeping with her student’s father. There are some boundaries that just shouldn’t be crossed, no matter how liberal society gets. And it was certainly tragic how it ended up, what with the kid getting hit by a car and being traumatized, possibly for life. That family isn’t going to be normal ever again.
That said, it’s not that Chihaya actively sought to seduce the father. She’s possibly an unreliable narrator, so she may not be entirely honest when she said “she was just helping out with some stuff, and the next thing she knew…” but just as a teacher should know better, a father should know better as well. You’re unmarried, you ask your son’s attractive teacher to help you with stuff, you invite her to your house?
And yet virtually everyone (I’m not fucking kidding, I can hardly find any opposing viewpoints), see it fit to lay all the blame on Chihaya.
There’s no mention on how much trauma Chihaya herself has had to go through. An incident like this would have been investigated. She definitely lost her job, her friends, possibly even her family who might have disowned her.
Then she tries to start anew in a remote village. Right from the start she offends the local ’emperor’, a thug who is worshipped only because he is the current user of a wood mecha. The whole fucking village’s mindset seems to be, “HE CAN CONTROL WOODEN DOLL HERP DERP RAPE IS OKAY”.
Let’s go through Chihaya’s experiences in the village, point by point shall we?
1. Chihaya is repeatedly physically coerced by said ’emperor’.
2. The villagers don’t help Chihaya – and think it’s only appropriate that Chihaya should submit.
3. She tries her very best to be a good teacher.
4. Her past is dredged up.
5. She tries her very best to be a good teacher.
6. Rumours spread around the village, people start shunning her.
7. She tries her very fucking best to be a good teacher.
Let’s stop for a moment. It should be obvious by now that Chihaya is fucking determined not to let her past misdeeds get to her. If not, she’d have resigned and left the village ages ago. It should also be obvious that she’s under a fucking fuckload of pressure.
8. Little ’emperor’ physically assaults her again.
I wouldn’t have been surprised if she gave in just to stop the torment. I almost thought she would have broken. Then Aki saves her. At this point, Aki has been the only person who she has connected with in the whole village – they’ve both been segregated, bullied, scorned. She’s a mental wreck. Is it really any wonder that…
9. She slept with Aki.
I know alot of people are saying, “this woman is fucked up, what’s with ‘revenge’ and having sex with a guy who looks like the unmarried guy’s kid?” And to that, I actually don’t have a rebuttal. Chihaya obviously has some deep psychological issues. But why is it so wrong that she slept with him? Because he’s a minor?
The idea of making it illegal to have sexual relations with a minor is because a minor is deemed too young to understand what they’re doing, and might result in lasting psychological damage. But this is a rough gauge. The exception does exist – that even those over 18, or 21, can still be exposed to psychological harm.
But it’s not like Aki is 9 years old. He’s probably 15 at least, since he and Kyouhei appear to be of the same age, and Kyouhei’s in high school. He’s been isolated and bullied from childhood. Just when he had a Kakushi to protect him it was taken away from him, and is now powerless and worthless in the eyes of the village again. His observations of the village are insightful and show that he’s far more mature in his mentality than that of a normal 15 year old.
Chihaya and Aki were both kindred spirits – a woman who suffered and continues to suffer from her past misdeeds, and a boy who’s practically lived through more hardship than anyone else in the whole village – who wanted some comfort and companionship in the village that scorned and abused then.
“HERP DERP SHE SLEPT WITH A MINOR SHE’S A SLUT”
10. She’s spied on and exposed.
No privacy laws here. Wouldn’t it be fun if someone spied on you, took a few photos of you bathing or something, and released it to your higher-ups? Say, your principal or your boss?
Oh look, it’s the woman who spurned our Emperor, where’s the cameraman, give him a fucking medal.
11. She’s fired.
12. And raped.
13. And killed.
I’m actually surprised that so few people want to talk about Chihaya. Maybe I shouldn’t be. It’s a very sensitive topic, after all. But it irks me that of those who do talk about her, the majority seems to harbour no pity for her at all.
One more thing. Chihaya is not weak. I did expect her to fall into the stereotype of merely confronting and ending up whining for help. But she proved herself not only by showing that she’s not afraid to get violent, but that she persevered even as the whole village began to turn against her.
And yet people seem to think that she was never strong, and she needed to be raped to be empowered. They consider this lazy storytelling – which I consider to be lazy reviewing. It’s so easy to sit back and go, “oh, it’s another rape scene, story is automatically overdramatic and crap”. So if I wrote an investigative piece on women in Africa getting gangraped and abused, it’s also lazy storytelling, and is overdramatic and crap? That rapists do what they do to empower women? There’s fucked up people everywhere, and they go after people regardless of how strong they are. It may be a storytelling device, but it’s also a fucking fact of life.
“I want to go somewhere far away from here.” – Chihaya’s last moments of happiness.
“I’m happy… you came.” – Chihaya’s last moments.
Maybe I’m the fucked up one. Maybe everyone else is right, that Chihaya is a slut and deserved no pity. Maybe she did deserve to lose everyone she knew, move to a new place to try to start a new life, only to find that the whole village would prefer if she ended up a mistress or a sex slave.
I don’t know.
But I do know that if it were my girl, knowing the amount of torment they inflicted on her, I might not have been as restrained as Aki was.