Q:What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?
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.
With the advent of the movie and the recent trailer release, I’ve seen an alarming amount of excitement about this. While it is entirely possible for someone that fully understands what the book is really about and enjoy it on another level, far too many of the 50 Shades readers/fans do not even begin to see what’s really going on in the books.
This post must be seen by more—too few are aware of the real implications of the books and the upcoming movie.
As much as I love Google Music, its annoying habit of replacing my uploads with Google’s versions of the tracks I upload is starting to get on my nerves.
« No, Google. The Disturbed album I just uploaded isn’t the “radio-friendly” version. »
EDIT: I should note that this isn’t a problem of “clean vs explicit”. In one instance, there’s a band that I love that made an album in French and an another almost identical in English. I had Google replace the French version of a track (from the album I have) to the English one.
Why does it take actual effort to sound calm and normal during phone calls.
I was talking about this with Stéphanie yesterday. I don’t even call in for pizza—I’d rather go out and order it in person.
It’s not an uncommon thing. This is a thing with introversion. Most of us introverts like to talk on the phone with the folks already in our close circle. Some need to know what to talk about before calling. A large number of introverts can’t even do this and screen every phone call to see whether or not to answer. In every case, it takes a buttload of energy for introverts to be on the phone—if we call you, it means you’re worth a lot because of the amount of effort that’s required from us.
We [introverts] have little-to-no problem ((depending on the severity and other social aspects)) with talking face-to-face, texting, chatting, Skyping/Facetiming… but phones… ugh, damn phones!
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has an important message about proper attribution.
I THOUGHT THIS WAS AN ADDED CAPTION BUT THEN I WENT TO THE VIDEO AND IT’S REAL
NEIL ACTUALLY SAID THIS
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE
I love this guy!
Super Mario 3D World - Day 4
Fact: Nobody likes the Double Cherry power-up. NOBODY!
If you say otherwise, you’re lying to yourself!
NES Remix - Day 3
The Remix levels that zoom-in or -out infinitely are the most annoying things ever in video-games. EVER!
Super Mario 3D World - Day 1
How is it that when Link captures fairies in bottles it’s perfectly fine, but when Bowser does it, it’s suddenly evil… Who’s really the evil one here, geez?…
Am I the only one that noticed this?
NES Remix - Day 2
Rainbow Painball… that feels weird to say…
Context, context, context…
NES Remix - Day 1
The hard realization that a bunch of games that tickled my nostalgia had ridiculously stiff controls… How did we even play these back then?
Short episodic blurbs, thoughts and random comments about the games I’m playing.
I have created a little side Tumblr to continue the exercise I did earlier this year on Twitter and Facebook.