Days of Change

Whippng Girl | February 18, 2015

I went to the movies today. I saw Birdman.

I did not see 50 Shades of Grey. However, that won’t stop me from commenting on it.

I’ve heard about this stupid story forever. I’ve also heard about “Grey’s” inspiration, the Twilight novel series, since nearly the beginning. I have a co-worker whose wife is an obsessed Twi-hard and he’s not much better. I do lack intimate knowledge of the pages of these literary ATMs, but I think there’s some interesting social commentary to be had.

Much has been made of the books and the bad writing, the naked consumerism and the emotionally abusive acts of Sadism without the masochism. It’s also been called “mommy porn,” to denote the majority audience and the allure of the subject matter. This has been disputed by some liberal critics as a dismissal of women’s sexuality. I call bullshit on that.

At the heart of this book, we have a young, mousy virgin who is consumed by a handsome, rich, erotically skilled demigod. He takes her on fantastic adventures, buys her expensive gifts, deflowers her in the most perfect manner and introduces her to all kinds of weird, exotic sex games. Through it all, he is a broken man who is somehow made whole by the love of this woman. Could this possibly check off more boxes in the bored housewife sex fantasy book?

At the core of this story are three things. There’s the Sadism that most readers would never want to try, but read about with curiosity in magazines or see in TV once in a while. There’s the money and fantasy of being able to go anywhere and do anything. Then there’s the perfect man who is so perfect that he even has a flaw that requires he be saved by the love of a good woman. Just as a way of spoiler, by the end of the book series, he drops all that weird spanking and whipping stuff most of the female audience wouldn’t want to do anyway.

Anastasia Steele is literally a whipping girl for all the unrealistic fantasies that readers can’t play out in real life. Those mommies may actually appreciate the fact that Ana has to suffer for the reward of the perfect life with the perfect guy. It’s the same old story, a handsome rogue is tamed by the love of the right woman. Plus, there’s some Audi commercials thrown in.


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  1. On the other hand…

    Birdman was very unexpected. It tells a story that exists in two different worlds. By the end, you have to decide how much of each is real. You can almost explain it until the last minute.

    Comment by 1539days — February 18, 2015 @ 9:54 pm

  2. It’s the same old story, a handsome rogue is tamed by the love of the right woman.

    And the sick story line in which this old, trite chestnut is wrapped gets no reaction from the feminists other than resentment over having their “sexuality” dismissed? BAH!

    Comment by Mary — February 18, 2015 @ 10:22 pm

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