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Fifty Shades of Something to Talk About

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 13, 2015, 9:59 PM

Can art bring issues out into the open? Oh yes. Fifty Shades of Grey, both book and movie, are a prime example trending now — bringing up discussion about emotionally/physically abusive relationships, BDSM, consent, erotic literature, fan fiction (as it started as an erotic Twilight fan fic), and a whole lot more.

There are two things that bother me a lot about what I’ve heard about the book (admittedly, I haven’t read it) that might make me not see the movie:

1) Romanticizing a relationship that is emotionally abusive and predatory (as well as at times physically abusive, not to be confused with consensual BDSM practices)
     — I’ve read a lot about this point, and I have friends who endured abusive relationships who are trying to get people to boycott the movie
     — Twilight has this problem to an extent, but it gets taken further in this story
     — Not sure the extent to which the movie will actually do this, however, as some of the indications of abuse are relayed via narration about Ana’s thoughts/fears

2) Yet another powerful haunted white man obsessing over and wooing a young relatively powerless virginal white girl
     — Okay, yes, Twilight roots, but when doing the refactoring to make it not a fan fiction, couldn’t the author have changed any of those details?
     — Aaaand the love triangle gets completed with the distinctly not-white and not-that-powerful and not-a-serious-rival man of color (again, Twilight origins, but really? again?)
     — Tired stereotypes and tropes that may not be super harmful, but cannot be helpful

  • What are your thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey (as a book/movie/pop culture phenomenon)?
  • Does thinking about the many impacts of Fifty Shades make you think about your own art/work/stories in different ways?

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