Why ’50 Shades of Grey’ doesn’t forgive Trump’s behavior
November 1, 2016 - Fifty Shades of Grey
I call it a “50 Shades” defense.
Ever given a “Access Hollywood” video surfaced, in that Donald Trump boasts about forcing himself on women and grabbing women’s genitals, readers have emailed me claiming that a success of “50 Shades of Grey” proves women are perplexing to have it both ways: We can indulge in raunchy sex fantasies all we want, yet we act scandalized when group do a same.
Last week we wrote a mainstay about Newt Gingrich perplexing to contrition Megyn Kelly by observant she’s “fascinated with sex,” and a uninformed spin of “50 Shades” emails appeared.
“What star or protected space do we live in, and how does ‘9 1/2 weeks’ and ‘Shades of Grey’ sum so most income if it wasn’t for females profitable to see a movies?” one male wrote. “Every lady dreams of this stuff, yet when it doesn’t spin out good or usually like a film they spin on you.”
“I’m questionable of women who contend they’ve never review ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey,’ another wrote. “Women adore bad boys.”
It’s loyal that many women, and some men, enjoyed a story of a pure who falls underneath a spell of a abounding man with joining issues and a gusto for blending sex with pain. “The Fifty Shades” array has sole some-more than 100 million copies worldwide, and a film grossed some-more than $500 million.
That excuses nothing.
“Fifty Shades,” for all a faults — terrible writing, 0 chemistry between a charmless, witless Christian Grey and a extravagantly unimaginable Anastasia Steele, an overreliance on a word “clamber” — is a story about consent. Christian draws adult a agreement for Anastasia to sign, for heaven’s sake.
The characters have a lot of eccentric sex and rivet in discourse that, even if it weren’t being acted out on screen, would acquire a film an R rating. But they’re in a consensual relationship. They’re both into it.
What Trump boasted about on that fasten — and what mixed women have indicted him of doing given it flush — is not raunchy. It’s assault.
Enjoying a story about dual illusory characters enchanting in severe sex does not blank your wish to not be groped or differently violated. Your party choices do not cancel out your group over your possess body.
Reading about sex, examination a film with a whole lot of sex — heck, enjoying a whole lot of tangible sex — never, ever equates to surrendering control over your possess body. we can’t even trust this needs to be said, yet it apparently does.
(There’s also a teenager indicate that Trump is using for president, and “50 Shades” author E L James is not. We are authorised to have opposite expectations from people who write novella and people who try to run a country.)
Above all, though, this is about consent. Trump and Billy Bush weren’t indulging in raunchy sex fantasies. They were indulging in rape culture. Trump was bragging about groping and grabbing and kissing women, either they wanted him to or not, and Bush was egging him on. More than a dozen women have come brazen given to contend they gifted this chronicle of Trump.
There’s no turn of “50 Shades” fandom that cancels out those facts. It’s time to find a new defense.
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