"The fundamental difference between the 19th century romantic novels and the contemporary romances that borrow heavily from them is in the self-possession of the heroines. Although the unmarried and all but dowerless Elizabeth Bennet and the orphan governess Jane Eyre are in positions of greater social vulnerability than their contemporary counterparts, neither 19th-century heroine is willing to sacrifice self-respect in order to gain financial security or love. …By contrast, the scenes in which Bella Swan and Anastasia Steele literally fall at the heroes’ feet and rely on the heroes’ strength to stand foreshadow each heroine’s willingness to stay in a relationship with a man whose dominance overwhelms her sense of self, and without whom she seems lost."
Kristina Deffenbacher, Professor of English at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/feature/159709-lesser-shades-of-jane/#.UCHs_6LE1jI.facebook
The incredibly talented and super smart Evan Rachel Wood called out the MPAA on their misogynistic, sexist crap after seeing the new cut of her movie and she ain’t wrong.
I love this. Everything about it.
I just realized I have never once seen a man go down on a woman in film, but I’ve seen every incarnation of everything else.
Don’t forget “Blue Valentine”.
This is the same thing Ryan Gosling told when the same thing happened for “Blue Valentine”. So after someone famous publicly denounced that absurdity, they did the same thing. Again.
Chimamamda Ngozi Adiche, We Should All Be Feminists
Even worst: they grow up to be women who belittle other women refusing to use pretence, saying they are not feminine enough. Before teaching their girls the same thing…
(Source: japanesepng, via literarynerd)