I saw the trailer for “50 Shades of Grey”. I don’t know much about the story, except that it started as Edward/Bella Twilight fan fiction and involve into a chick-lit novel of graphic sexual bondage and S&M.
I didn’t learn a whole lot more from the trailer: a mousy young woman meets (interviews?) a rich young man. Not sure why he’s attracted to her, except maybe he senses her submissive nature. He hints he is into non traditional sex and she wants to learn more - cut to a couple of shots of blind folds, whips and riding crops - and the woman trussed up like. Thanksgiving turkey.
It’s being released on Valentine’s Day. So instead of buying your love one flowers of chocolates, a spanking is in order.
I suppose on one hand you can say that the women’s rights movement has progresses to a stage that woman can buy sexually explicate novels at mainstream stories without being embarrassed.
But 50-Shades seems the antithesis of women’s freedom. Here, and in the Twilight novels, young women give themselves up to dominating men. And the bondage & discipline aspect of this story is a disturbing analogy to the serious problem of abusive relationships.
It’s a shame that modern women have forgotten what women’s rights are really about. Maybe that’s why so few seem concerned that old white men pass laws about what they can do with their bodies, and that their employers can made health care decisions for them.
This is one movie I will not be seeing.