Borderline Sexual Violence
It does. What doesn't happen however, or rather 'shouldn't' is letting him get away with hurting you just because it's some sadistic sort of passion that's involved there, all the while pretending that you're this hapless woman in need to be saved by a man.
What is the larger character journey?
The larger character journeys usually have nothing to do with this portrayal aside of the fact that the man in question is usually shown as the dark brooding hero and somehow it's felt by the makers that this rough handling of their respective partners will justify for the prototype.
How could we have done it better?
For starters it's time that romance is handled with more social responsibility because the target demographic picks up more from TV than cinema or books. These scenes make it look like it is okay to get physically hurt in the name of passion.
Trying to structure scenes where both male and female protagonists will take account of each others discomforts and questions on acceptable behaviour might help. A dialogue between characters while they're getting physical which can hint at both characters making it clear what they're not comfortable with and the other complying, is ideal. Justification of violent behaviour is also necessary.
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