What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?
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.
Boycott this f*ing movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society
I’m so impressed by the fact that the blogger who answered this ask is only 18 years old. If she can be so aware and level-headed in her explanation of this, what’s everybody else’s excuse? I didn’t know any of this and I’m glad to learn it from her.
One of Marvel’s Avengers Turns to Sign Language. The story strives to connect readers with what he is experiencing: when he can’t hear, the word balloons on the page are blank. The comic also makes extensive use of sign language, but provides no key to interpreting them. “If nothing else, it’s an opportunity for hearing people to get a taste of what it might be like to be deaf,” Mr. Fraction said.
(Source: marvelcomicsdaily, via proustianrecall)
Earth’s Siblings: Inside The Planets
Click each for a neat and informative view of the neighboring planets in our Solar System.
Pluto is there <3
Finished stitching the binding on the train to Brownsville this morning. Couldn’t be happier with the way it came out.
Oh my goossshhhh <3 It’s so beautiful!!!!!
So close to being finished, French knots will be the death of me, and this lace camisole was the smartest purchase ever.
This is beautiful!
I need feminism because most men’s restrooms still aren’t equipped with baby changing stations. As someone who was married to a man who had sole custody of his young son, I’m hyperaware that feminism means EQUALITY, not female superiority. Feminism should and does support a man’s right to be as much of a parent to his child(ren) as any mother is allowed/expected to be.
This is a constant problem for Mr. Tea and myself. We’ve got twins, so even though I can change one kid on the change table in the ladies’ room, he’s left standing sort of awkwardly in the lobby with a messy child while I change one, come back, and get the other.
Nobody’s suggesting that men aren’t parents, so the lack of change tables goes well beyond ‘gender role reinforcing’ and straight into ‘ridiculous’.
My dad actually almost got kicked out of a mall once for changing my brother in the womens room of a mall. The only reason they didn’t call the cops on him was because the ladies in the room supported him.
I’d never even considered this but I support it
"I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again."
Rape scenes make me very uncomfortable. Are there any movies I should avoid?
Last House on the Left (original and remake), I Spit on Your Grave (original and remake also), A Serbian Film absolutely, American Mary, Megan is Missing, Evil Dead she gets raped by a tree if that counts? Cannibal Holocaust, Deadgirl, The Girl Next Door, A Clockwork Orange, Rosemary’s Baby, Irreversible, The Hills Have Eyes.
Those are all I could think of off the top of my head.
"You are not accidental. The world needs you. Without you, something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it."