Friday, February 13, 2015

My Brief Rant to Those Who Complain About Fifty Shades of Grey

Okay, I've just got to say it. People have been going on and on about how Fifty Shades of Grey is demeaning to women and blah, blah, blah. Well, you really want to know what's degrading to women? Unequal pay, restrooms that aren't bigger than men's (because we all know women take longer and thus need more space), sex trafficking, rape, genital mutilation, lack of representation in a world that's made up of more than 50% women, and a whole lot of other demeaning and terrible things.

Fifty Shades of Grey is a book and a movie about a woman learning about her sexuality. Sure, Mr. Grey isn't the most stable individual ever, BUT Ana, the female protagonist is strong enough and smart enough to tell him NO and to walk out on him. There are a whole lot of worse things out there than a book and a movie about a girl having rough sex and liking it. So if you have a problem with something that inconsequential, maybe you should take a look at the other issues that society is facing right now. And just maybe you should recognize that this book was written by a woman, for women. The author wasn't trying to demean women by making this book. She was writing a fantasy couple. By arguing that Fifty is "one of the worst things to happen to women," etc, you are arguing that it isn't right for women to explore how they feel and who they are. And that's just not cool.

So, like with the Twilight debate, you just need to get over it. If you don't like it that's perfectly fine. BUT get off of your high horse and let people who enjoyed the story and/or the movie have their fun. You yelling at them is not going to make them share your opinion, and honestly, no one wants to hear it, because if they want to see the movie or read the books, they're going to. End of rant.

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