- Concerned about rape culture? Reject 50 Shades of Grey.
For those of you who are familiar with such terminology and interested in the subject, here’s some handy literature:
- We’re better than that.
Is 50 Shades really a way to celebrate love? It’s smutty Twilight fan fiction that reduces the most incredible physical manifestation of self-sacrificing love (aka the marital act, aka sex) to a mere montage of sexual manipulation, dominance, and enough repetitive footage of cotton rope to make a 1950’s laundry maid want to strangle herself.If you haven’t heard much about the book or movie and you’re interested in learning for the sake of research, this sample of incredible writing from E.L. James should tell you all you need to know. It is exactly the moral and literary caliber you’d expect out of Twilight fan fiction.
- The book ends with the female protagonist bawling her eyes out on her bed because she’s realized that she’s severely emotionally attached to a sexual psychopath. Happy Valentine’s Day.
- As far as I can tell by the content of her writing, it seems that E.L. James’s ability to discern lust from love is about as keen as an infant’s ability to discern its foot from food.I’m not pointing this out in an attempt to pit the author’s self-esteem, as much to call you (and E.L. James) to a higher standard. If we constantly expose ourselves to influences that confuse love and lust, we shouldn’t be surprised when such blurriness seeps over into our own understanding between them.Now’s your chance to quit while you’re ahead. At least, now’s your chance to STOP while you’re ahead and to begin the long process of “quitting” an addiction to lust in a cultured essentially founded on it.
- Speaking of, what we feed our minds will compose our thoughts, words, and actions.And you, dear reader, deserve a real-life authentic love story over violent psychopathic porn. (So check out this movie instead!)
- There are substantial arguments to be made that the story of Christian and Ana is really one of child abuse, domestic abuse, and that just scratches the surface.
- On that note, is anyone else disturbed by how close the main characters’ names (Christian and Ana) are to a certainly recently-famed Disney couple?Probably unintentional. But still weird.
- As a society, we shun violence—unless it’s an exploitative film focused on the abusive male domination of a stereotypically sexy, easy, and dense young woman in a poor attempt to celebrate “sexual freedom,” all while the invested elite stuff the profit into their pockets.
Occupy Wall Street, where are you?
Radical feminists, where are you?
Regular feminists, where are you?
Rape victim advocates, domestic abuse advocates, mental disorder advocates, where are you?
Families, parents, pastors, priests, principals, where are you?
Anyone and everyone claiming to fight for life, love, and authentic, healthy relationships, WHERE ARE YOU?!Because this pornographic cultural phenomenon is an enormous threat. No, 50 Shades of Grey will not singlehandedly cause an enormous eruption of injustice and harm on its own. But 50 Shades of Grey is proof that the seeds have sprouted. Our silence is watering the sapling. Our fear is its sunlight.Whether we like it or not, we must face the truth. And the truth is this: In every literal and figurative way possible, the seeds of our culture are planted in our bedrooms. What we do with our bodies we will do with our hearts, our relationships, our culture, and our world.
I do not want a world molded by 50 Shades of Grey. And I know I am not alone.