You and I.
50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
Boycott this fucking movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society
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Hey! Does anyone in Madrid want to be my tour guide for a few days and not murder me? I am the worst solo traveler to foreign countries and right now the chances of me staying in my hotel room and knitting til my wrists and elbows ache while ordering room service and cursing myself for not…
É incrível como a palavra “futuro” sempre nos remete a tecnologia avançada. Seja ela em forma de carros voadores, seja ela em forma de celulares smartphones da mais nova geração. Isso acabou deixando os livros impressos (quase) de lado. Agora é mais em conta comprar livros em formato para tablets e smartphones. Porém, ainda existem […]
The link is in portuguese, but it would really help if you guys voted (the little stars there) and liked my project (“curtir”) on facebook. You don’t have to comment if you don’t want it
(it would help too, it’s up to you). But I really need this, please! The theme of the project is “My city of the future”, where I had to make a project about what I wanted for my city in the future and what I missed the most.
This is the translation of my text there:
Project’s title: The future is in the books
It’s amazing how the word “future” always refers to the advanced technology. In the form of flying cars, on in the form of mobile smartphones of the newest generation. This, eventually, is leaving the paper books (almost) aside. Now it is more affordable to buy books in format for tablets and smartphones. However, there are still the “devotees” of books sold in bookstores. The problem is: the prices. To purchase a book in good condition, you need to spend an excessive amount of money. This project was created thinking about that problem: create a media where you can buy books for much more affordable prices and still, every completed purchase, the money will be sent to needy institutions and schools throughout Brazil. Therefore, a nonprofit program. People who register on the site, can still donate various items to the institution of your choice. When completing the donation, in exchange, gain the right to choose another book and so on. The idea is to prevent the total replacement of the paper books for the eletronics and promoting charity among society. The project will be available on site and application.
I really need your help on this one, guys, please! The college is too expensive and I can’t possibly afford it. And I still need to pay for transportation because is far from where I live. My father and my mother are going throught some difficulties right now, so spending that much money now it’s gonna be impossible.
Meaning: I’m screwed.I’ll get the result of the project in the middle of this month, so you have about two weeks to vote.
If you help me, please send me a message so I can thank you, okay? Love you
brb smashing things
"I had a child when I was sixteen. I got kicked out of high school because of all the absences. My family and community pretty much wrote me off. But right away I got a job at a sporting goods store. Soon I was able to get a job as a receptionist at a tax company, and they gave me enough responsibilities that I learned how to do taxes. Eventually I learned enough to become an associate. Then I got offered a job at a smaller company, and even though it was a pay cut, they offered me responsibility over all the books— accounts payable, accounts receivable, everything. It was less money but I wanted that experience so I took the risk. And I’m so glad I did, because six months later, the controller of that company left and I was given that position. They told me they couldn’t officially call me the controller because I didn’t have a college degree. So I finished my degree 5 months ago— just to make it official! So after having a child at sixteen, I made it all the way to controller of a company, without even having a college degree. Can you believe that? Honestly, I’ve been waiting to tell that story so long that I told it to a customer service representative on the phone last week. She was nice about it and pretended to care."
Tomorrow, June 27th, would have been Aimee Long’s 36th birthday.
It’s been in the back of my mind all week, as I tried to focus on things I needed to do and mulled over what, if anything, we should do as a group to remember our friend. I finally had an inspiration today that I think works as a tasteful and loving gesture, if anyone would like to participate.
Candles are used for both birthday…
#don’t be fooled by this set
#these motherfuckers barely kiss through the entire series
#each kiss was a cosmical alignment
YOU DID THE THING
FINALLY SOMEONE DID THE THING
THANK YOU FOR DOING THE THING