Women Attracted to Men Who Treat Them Badly

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Explanation of Conservative Trope

You will see on screen times where men treat women badly, but they are still attracted to them and don't seem to mind or notice. It happens with women too but not nearly as often, and in those cases the men usually know they are being mistreated but are unable to respond for whatever reason such as money.

Main Description

Women are shown on screen attracted to men who treat them badly a lot more than men attracted to women who treat them badly. And also usually in both instances, the woman is at least somewhat financially dependent on the man which is why she cannot leave. Whereas when men are treated badly, it's usually because women are using them and their money and they "cannot afford to get divorced" or something like that. Men are more often depicted as sympathetic victims of a terrible woman, and women are depicted as more passive, weak or dependent in some way which is why they cannot leave.

Conservative Trope Examples

  • Bad Santa 2 (2016)
    Diane (Christina Hendricks) drives up to Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) and tells him that even though she's married she isn't happy and "sometimes I need to be bad." They then go have sex next to a dumpster in an alley while she repeatedly asks him to say degrading and dehumanizing things to her.
  • The Way Way Back (2013)
    Pam (Toni Collette) is depicted as very dependent on her boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) who also treats her and her son poorly throughout the entire movie. She also still stays with him despite finding out he cheated on her. Pam's only act to stand up for herself is she moved to sit next to her son rather than Trent in their station wagon in the closing scene.
  • All About Steve (2009)
    Mary (Sandra Bullock) is obsessed with Steve (Bradley Cooper) even though he dresses in disguise to confuse her, drives away from her and her friends who are stranded on the side of the road after being hit by a tornado, and watches her run straight into a sinkhole without saying a peep.
  • Waiting (2005)
    Danielle (Jordan Ladd) complains to Raddimus (Luis Guzman) that he treats her "like a piece of meat" and he responds "not just any meat, baby. A prime rib."
  • Bridget Joness Diary (2001)
    Daniel (Hugh Grant) patronizingly tells Bridget (Renée Zellweger) to "just slow down. It started on Tuesday and now it's Thursday. It's not exactly a long-term relationship, is it?" after she expresses concern about what the rest of the office will think of their relationship.