Sunday, February 15, 2015

50 Shades of Grayer ......

Now there is another controversy that is erupting in the American media . I would call it a perfect study to dissect. 50 Shades of Gray a book about kinky sex . Adultery , rape , a condensed abbreviation for bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism. Seems to be the new thing for women these days. If BAD influence is not enough , I don't know by reading steamy novels what real romance is . Case in point , this book was written by a woman named E.L. James. In the (2)> "new feminist" mold unlike the old . Women are being bombarded by degrading images of themselves , shockingly enough many of them are produced by women."There will be a whole generation of young women hearing the women around them say: 'What a great book' [a generation] of 13- and 14-year-olds picking it up and thinking 'This is all right'," said Phillipson. "We are saying, could people try reading it again and thinking: 'What is this man really about?' Psychologists warn . Fiction may not directly influence actions, but social norms are depicted in fiction and the question of "what do we want to consume to let off steam" is one which should be important and not dismissed as "but it doesn't affect behavior."   Remember very similar stupidity about "The Story of O". While the whole point of the book was the objectification of women, there were whole crowds of hysterical pseudo-feminists who haven't actually read it butt were "appalled by what they heard". The book also has gained cult like status , over 70 million copies have been sold in the United States alone, hardware stores have run out of“natural fiber” rope and there are even ‘BDSM for Beginners’ classes cropping up in small town America.This book is not “just fiction” it's a new religion. The reality is that if you take away the glamour, "Fifty Shades" is just a sensationalized lie, telling women that they can, and should, fix violent and controlling men by being obedient and devoted, and that, somehow, this is romantic. It is no surprise that Hollywood is betting millions of dollars that now is the right time to offer sexual abuse and sexual violence against women as mainstream entertainment. I know somewhere you might find a male hiding a copy of the book . I have read steamy books before that were controversial , but philosophical much like ***DE SADES JUSTINE which in higher education was required reading . BOILING down the subject . My bone to pick on hypocritical society . OK, you have many collage women who have complained about rape  recently . I don't think that 50 Shades is anything but romantic as 81/2 Weeks.  Several decades ago a book named the  (1)> THORN BIRDS by Colleen McCullough  made it to number one charts , it also came with a mini-series , like 50 Shades the American public swallowed the idea that this was was the most "romantic story ever written". I remember watching that story how a Catholic Priest led a secret relation ship with a girl from pre-puberty into adulthood and finally sleeping with her . That story was steamy , yet we did not hear a whimper from the religious right back in the 1980's . My guess is that we as Americans are used to "trash" no matter what form it takes ..if hurting girls seeking love and affection in all the wrong places is some sort of joke. Conversely, boys are also growing up without fathers, never having a positive male role model in the home to teach them how to treat women with love and respect. Today's society instills the attitude of doing what you want to make yourself FEEL good. never understood why books like this, in which women are mistreated, tortured and treated like garbage, don't meet with the outrage of feminists. The hypocrisy is staggering.

NOTES AND COMMENTS: 
(1)> I honestly have always had a "moral" problem with this story , and the TV Series as well. may be the moral of the story in the end is you can't hide your sins even if you are a Catholic Priest (Father Ralph De Bricassart )  who ends up becoming a Cardinal . His son becomes a priest and he dies as a "result" of the father's sin?. The story of the THORN BIRDS deals with a subject that has tainted the Catholic church  IE: "pedophilia". De Bricassart 's relationship with Meghann "Meggie" Cleary from childhood to adulthood is something for movie buffs to scrutinize , not only is it way out of reality of real relationships . In the end the book gives us a clear tragedy. Dane,( Maggie's son ) who has just become a priest, is vacationing in Greece. While there, he goes swimming one day and dies while rescuing two women from a dangerous current. Meggie reveals before Dane's funeral that Dane is Ralph's son. Ralph dies in Meggie's arms after the funeral.   This must be our most Classic of Classic Trash . sweeping cross-generational saga, six hundred and eighty-eight pages in paperback, forbidden love (and not just “oh, he’s married” forbidden! BINDING SACRED VOWS forbidden!), illegitimate children, and a weird, evolutionary dubious metaphor about a made-up bird. ***Justine (or The Misfortunes of Virtue, or several other titles: see below) is a classic 1791 novel by Donatien Alphonse Fran├žois de Sade, better known as the Marquis de Sade.The plot concerns Justine, a 12-year-old maiden ("As for Justine, aged as we have remarked, twelve") who sets off, to make her way in France. It follows her until age 26, in her quest for virtue. She is presented with sexual lessons, hidden under avirtuous mask. The unfortunate situations include: the time when she seeks refuge and confession in a monastery, but is forced to become a sex-slave to the monks, who subject her to countless orgiesrapes, and similar rigours. When helping a gentleman who is robbed in a field, he takes her back to his chateau with promises of a post caring for his wife, but she is then confined in a cave and subject to much the same punishment. These punishments are mostly the same throughout, even when she goes to a judge to beg for mercy in her case as an arsonist, and then finds herself openly humiliated in court, unable to defend herself. (2)> The new feminist philosophy In recent years, the term has been revived by feminists responding to the Vatican's call for a "'new feminism' which rejects the temptation of imitating models of 'male domination' in order to acknowledge and affirm the true genius of women in every aspect of the life of society and overcome all discrimination, violence and exploitation".[2] "The true genius of women" is the idea that all of the ways in which women give of themselves are ways that reflect their capacity for physical or spiritual motherhood.[3]

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