In light of the 50 Shades of Grey trailer coming out today, quick reminder that that book is about an abusive and controlling relationship, not BDSM.
Fanfiction (published or not) is important for women of all ages to explore gender roles and sexuality in a way that is less stigmatized and more accessible.
But do not do the BDSM community a disservice by calling the relationship described in the book a BDSM experience.
Imagine Muggleborns having patronuses that represent something from Muggle culture that they feel protected by. A shy Hufflepuff with a Pikachu patronus. A Slytherin who’s really nervous because of all the stuff in the past and they’re Muggleborn but they cast a patronus and it’s one of the Game of Thrones dragons. A Gryffindor being the talk of the common room because of their Jaeger patronus. A Ravenclaw with a comic obsession finding out their patronus is the Hulk.
is it any fucking wonder that clevverTV pulled this read-fanfiction-to-the-cast bullshit? remember, this is the super classy channel that brought us “guess the wolf abs" where they used a paparazzi snapped photo of dylan o’brien on a beach— instead of using photos from dylan o’brien’s movie the first time where he was shirtless for the camera— prompting DOB to ask “… whereee did you get that photo?” and making everyone watching SUPREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE. this is also the channel who brought us “five things that should happen in teen wolf" which featured a segment saying that kate and derek should pursue a romantic relationship again because their dynamic is hot, hot, hot!!! (nothing hotter than seducing teen boys so you can lie to them and murder their families, amirite?!?)
lmao clevverTV is and has always been a fucking garbage can of an entertainment news source, that’s not surprising. this fanfiction garbage is just same shit, different day.
but it’s 2014 and i’m so beyond over this trend of portraying fanfiction as something to be ridiculed and laughed at. people are putting their time and effort into writing for free, because they ENJOY the canon and want to express that, and to invite criticism or laughter onto what they’ve written in front of the people who helped inspire them is fucking cruel, and, honestly? it’s been done before. we get it, ha-ha-ha, isn’t fanfiction so strange aren’t these people writing it so weird??? i’m so over this shitlord rhetoric i can’t even handle it.
fuck you clevvertv. just— fuck you. so fucking much.
Honestly can’t wait for the 50 shades movie to normalize the manipulation of lower-level female employees. Can’t wait for the new wave of “consent is sexy” banners on the cover of cosmo. Can’t wait for teen girls to think that a controlling relationship is romantic. Can’t wait for sexualized violence to become increasingly mainstream. And most of all, I can’t wait for BDSM to be labeled a feminist revolution.
- Glamour UK: What do you get riled up about in a feminist context?
- Gillian Anderson: A lot. I have feminist bones and when I hear things or see people react to women in certain ways I have very little tolerance.
- Glamour UK: But don't you feel sorry for modern men? Not knowing whether they should help us with our bags and open doors for us or whether we'll see it as an affront?
- Gillian Anderson: No. I don't feel sorry for men.