《绯闻女孩》(Gossip Girl)最近的一集也有类似的故事情节，情节错综复杂;布莱尔愿意和她男朋友的表妹上床，目的是为了赢回一个帝国。她这样做是为了男朋友，但最后，她似乎没有做对的事情。为了改变自己的处境，她被骗去投靠一个她鄙视的人。一个人如何知道什么是真正的威胁?要判断一份声明是要约还是威胁，可能会问什么问题?有人可能会问，如果一个人说“是”或“不是”，结果会是什么。就上述电影或电视节目而言，其结果将导致金钱和世俗物品的减少。女人和男人都不会受到伤害。然而，如果结果将是生命的丧失或酷刑或类似的东西，那么这个提议将被视为一种威胁。因此，胁迫并不总是等同于威胁。作者最后指出，只有当某人欺骗、胁迫或利用某人的绝望处境时，才会使用另一个人(Mappes, 2007)。这是正确的，在所有这些情况下，一个人可能会利用另一个人，但在其他情况下，一个人可能会被利用。例如，有些人可能进入一段男人相当肤浅的关系。也许他有自恋的人格障碍，无法深爱任何人。一个女人进入他的关系，并崇拜他。她没有意识到他不能像她那样深爱她。她爱上了他，但问题是他真的不爱她。他们做爱了，她感觉和他很亲密，但他感觉不一样，即使他说“我爱你”。“他没有撒谎。对他来说，他爱她，但这与她爱他的方式不同。当他因为厌倦了这段关系而和她分手，然后开始和一个更年轻、更有魅力的女人发生性关系时，被“抛弃”的女人会觉得被利用了。
A similar storyline to Indecent Proposal comes from a recent episode of Gossip Girl where in an intricate plot; Blair is willing to sleep with her boyfriend’s cousin in order to win an empire back. She does it for the boyfriend, but in the end, it appears that she has not done the right thing. She was tricked into giving herself to someone she despises in order to change her circumstances. How does one know what an offer is really a threat? What question might be asked to determine whether a statement is an offer or a threat? One may ask what the outcome would be if one says yes or no. In the case of the film or television program mentioned, the outcome would result in a reduced amount of money and worldly goods. No harm would come to either woman or man. Yet, if the outcome would be loss of life or torture or something along those lines, then the offer would be construed as a threat. Coercion thus is not always equated with a threat.The author makes the point at the end that using another person occurs only when someone either deceives, coerces, or takes advantage of someone’s desperate situation (Mappes, 2007). This is true in that in all of these instances, one may use another sexually, but there are other situations where one may be used. For example, someone may enter into a relationship where a man is rather superficial. Perhaps he has narcissistic personality disorder and cannot love anyone in a deep sense. A woman enters a relationship with him and adores him. She does not realize he cannot love to the depths that she can. She falls in love with him but the problem is that he really cannot love her back. They have sex and she feels close to him, but he does not feel the same way even though he says “I love you.” He is not lying. For him, he loves her, but it is not in the same way she loves him. When he breaks up with her because he is bored of the relationship, and then starts a sexual relationship with a younger, more attractive woman, the woman who was “dumped” feels used.