When you reblog one of those prompts and get no asks
I don’t really care, I don’t plan to see it. But it’s just a movie. Oh you’re telling me a girl in a movie makes bad decisions? Color me totally not surprised. Every movie character has some kind of neurosis, that’s what makes good characters and stories. So the girl falls into some unsafe habits with a seductive mysterious man, that’s what makes the movie interesting. People watch movies to get away from real life, and experience something they otherwise wouldn’t.
If someone is upset that the movie might be misrepresenting BDSM, then those people should just learn to differentiate. If you like safe BDSM, then that’s your thing. This movie is a offering a slice of something else, and I’m sure there are people out there that like the risk of how unsafe it is.
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 fucking movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society
Because everyone wants to watch a movie about nice, safe, consensual, zero risk BDSM. I guess the Twilight movies should’ve just been “Oh you’re a vampire, well I guess I’m just going to stay away from you for 4 movies because that’s the smart realistically safe thing to do.” Twilight supports necrophilia and convinced thousands of girls that having sex with vampires was totally cool.