13 Reasons Why was meant to address rape culture and suicide – but did it?

Like many others, I’ve just finished binge-watching Netflix’s new show, 13 Reasons Why, and yes I might be a bit slow on the ball to be writing something up about it, I wasn’t really expecting to. But after getting through all 13 episodes (naturally) I couldn’t help but pen down a few thoughts. In truth, I found it quite hard to watch, and it wasn’t just because of the overdramatic, teenage crime detective vibe that should have been left back in 2009 with veronica Mars, it was mainly to do with the abhorrent sexism, dismissive nature of mental health and half-hearted attitude to exposing rape culture. 

If you haven’t already heard, mental health is a big issue. 1 in 3 people are likely to suffer from a mental health illness at some point in their lives, and suicide is the second largest killer of 10-24-year-olds in the US. In fact…

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