Social comic experiment:
If you believe Barbara Gordon was raped by the Joker on The Killing Joke, reblog this post.
If you don’t believe she was raped, then reblog this one: [click]
Important caveat: I don’t think she was raped. I think much, much worse was done to her.
Joker took countless pictures of her to use against Commissioner Gordon. All of those pictures were taken with deliberately pornography-inspired angles and poses. The implication is that Joker treated not her body, but her pain and suffering and the added psychological trauma she expressed as something pleasurable and erotic. Barbara didn’t have to know how the pictures would turn out to know that’s what he was doing.
I’m reblogging this one because even though what he did isn’t really rape, if forced to assign it one or the other, it fits best here.