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Musings #4: Fifty Shades of No Thanks

First, let me say I’ve read my fair share of smut and even read a few things that I really wish I hadn’t, but for the most part I don’t usually need to read or watch something in its entirety to judge when something is off.     I don’t need to see the Human Centipede to determine that it’s shock garbage.   Reading the synopsis and recaps was enough to put me off my lunch, and I’m a fan of horror.     I don’t need fighting genius to determine that boob shaped armor is a Bull’s Eye to a killing blow.    Twilight is not horror;  Fifty Shades is not a love story.   Period.       I find it exceedingly disturbing that it is marketed that way, though I couldn’t really put my finger on the right words to convey it.   Kristen from Warrior Writers hit in on the head for me Does Fiction Matter?  Society and Social Change.

2 comments on “Musings #4: Fifty Shades of No Thanks

  1. Alyssa
    February 16, 2015


    I often feel bad when someone references Twilight or Fifty Shades in a positive way, and I’m forced to choose between lying or explaining exactly how offensive I find them both to be. I could write for far too long about everything that’s wrong with these sexist, misogynistic (and poorly written to boot) pieces of garbage.

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    • Laissez Faire
      February 16, 2015

      I hear you. It isn’t even the fact that Bella is a naive piece of wood. She is a naive piece of wood that has no interests at all (does she even have a hobby? does she hate toast?) and doesn’t grow. She’s supposed to be the heroine and all she really is, is a prop. I have to underline that by saying that as a twelve year old I would have dug the books, but I would have grown bored and outgrown them quickly.


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