I’m just not saying which.
Here’s what I keep wondering about this week:
(1) Why are the most prevalent — and financially lucrative — fantasies produced for women consistently some version of “if I hang around the assh*le who treats me badly LONG ENOUGH, he’ll stop being an assh*le and become the dream lover/boyfriend my mother and I always hoped I’d find”?
[This trope long predates FSoG, obvs. It predates the first Harlequin romance that ever slithered onto land. And the issue is as much about what — and why — women choose to consume as it is about what gets marketed to us; these two factors are always intricately and inextricably related. Duh.]
(2) Given the utter — and annoying — obviousness of Question 1, how is that women have not yet risen up in a violently Amazonian worldwide coup and installed their own matriarchal feminist utopia?
[Please please PLEASE, let this be the plot of the next…uh, I mean FIRST (IF THEY EVER ACTUALLY MAKE ONE) Wonder Woman movie!]
Here’s a key point, though, about all those mega-sales numbers for the FSoG books (and now movie), as Hannah McCann points out: ample evidence suggests that some folks are buying the books to hate-read as ardently as others are to fantasize.
And those hate-readers (plus others) are creating some mighty fine entertainment of their own, in response.
A few of my favorites:
♥ McCann’s own .gif-driven movie review, over at BINARYTHIS.
(BtVS-themed, no less!)
♥ Laurie Penny’s Fifty Shades of Socialist Feminism:
“My safe word is ‘restraining order’.”
♥ Samantha Field’s dream of an Anastasia who gets to simply leave after the first movie ends:
“The last shot of the film before it cuts to the credits has a note of finality to it. She’s given back the laptop, the car, and she’s leaving after she told him to never touch her again. I mean, if that was where we were actually leaving it? I could maybe almost be ok with it.”
♥ This piece of supreme weirdness.
♥ Greg’s (inadvertently hilarious) comments to Trout Nation.
(“Greg” decided to “exercise [his] 1st Amendment right” to let the feminists and other wimminfolks know that any outrage we were feeling was merely “exactly what the military-industrial complex wants” us to feel. Thanks, Greg!)
All of which should make it abundantly clear — especially to author EL James, who has her doubts (not to mention an extremely aggressive passive-aggressive way of expressing them) — that yes, even its critics have read the book.
We just like our versions better.
* * *
Got other funnies I should see? Or FSoG-inspired rants of your own?
Please leave me a link in comments!