50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
It is like…. people didn’t even read the book and call it names because of where it came from? Christian calls quitsy on the entire thing at one point, and Ana loves him and continues to ask and prod the subject every chance she has. Ana out of the two to me is the crazy one. She consents constantly, Christian talks about the things in his kink room and whats going up to her a lot. AND they BOTH are totally into it.
Also nothing wrong with a book having different and staggering view points in the first place. Books give us a broad view of the world and having some banned or hidden away is NEVER a good thing. Look at Lolita, that book is about a man who really like young girls and it is obsessive and people still think of that book as an essential classic.
Tumblr are the firefighters in Fahrenheit 451.
I am kind of really sad. The new movie will probably be poo poo and my friend is bringing me to the midnight showing and I will jussssst smile for them even though I am pretty much 99% sure this movie will be “meh” to “Wow I didn’t know you thought every Ninja Turtle fan was a male 12-15 year old boy.”
Pretttttty sure the ninja turtle movie will probably be a teeny bopper action flick dedicated to people who don’t care about substance and only silly “adult” humour and big explosions.
I need to build myself a life size ninja turtle action figure.