One of these questions is more rhetorical than the other.

I’m just not saying which.

Wonder Woman: pop culture's greatest Amazon.  (via)
Pop Culture’s Greatest Amazon (via)

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!]

Jeez Louise.

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.

(Psst! Hey, movie producers! You’re really sure I can’t have this instead of two 50 Shades sequels? Puh-leeeeeze??)


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Got other funnies I should see? Or FSoG-inspired rants of your own?
Please leave me a link in comments! 

8 thoughts on “One of these questions is more rhetorical than the other.

    1. …and what the hell was that ‘dramatic reading’ thing? Sounded more like a creepy, chainsmoking throat cancer patient than cookie monster. Just how did you manage to find such a piece anway?


      1. I have no idea what that is. Somebody lost a bet made while drunk, perhaps??

        I found it same way you just did: someone included a link in something else I read. Don’t remember what exactly…


    2. Ahh!! I totally ❤ Charlotte Perkins Gilman! (Even though I forget at least one of her three names every time I'm in a rush to remember.) The Yellow Wallpaper is SO my jam.

      Back when I was deciding what name to blog under, I was originally gonna use "Alice Perkins Isak." Or maybe it was "Alice Gilman Isak"?? Decided finally to drop the reference, sad though that made me — made no sense to have as my own name something I could never remember!

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