Anonymous asked:

What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?

aconissa answered:

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.




HTTYD2 Story Thoughts


DISCLAIMER: I watched this film on about 1 hour of sleep, so I am not even remotely confident that these notes are accurate! :( I actually feel really awful for not liking the film more than I did, so I would probably like to rewatch the film to get a clearer grasp of things.

I doubt I’ve noticed anything that everyone else hasn’t pointed out before, but let’s start with the things I liked:

-Hiccup’s mom is fantastic and I want her life! She had a fantastic intro and some of that imagery was insane! In a good way!

-There was a lot of really well-observed cat animation on Toothless, as with the first movie.

-I liked that they were able to slow down and give us a long, quiet acting scene between Hiccup and Astrid. I bought their relationship in a way I really didn’t in the first film.

-It was cool how Astrid got to be the leader of the group for a bit!

-I still have this huge crush on Jay Baruchel’s weird Canadian parrot voice. It’s so weird and jarring and I love it so much.

And story problem stuff below the cut. Spoilers!

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