Now, I think it is well established that I believe that sexism is still rife in our culture and our age.
I fear that there are so many negative (& sexist) elements that our children are exposed to,
that teach them ways to ‘behave’ towards each other and people they are yet to meet.
As a specific example, please let me compare two hugely popular book titles (trilogies, actually)
released in the past year or so.
“Fifty Shade of Grey”
Both claim to depict the main female characters as being ‘sane’ and intelligent. i.e. normal (sic)
Both have been HUGELY popular with young women IRL.
One portrays the female protagonist as strong, rational, caring, intelligent and pragmatic.
The second, portrays the female protagonist as virginal, passive, weak, self deprecating and irrational.
Which one would you like your daughter to read?
Objectively, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is just a novel.
But does it transcend into cultural commentary when it becomes so grossly consumed?
Will it eventually have a negative impact on the next generation or two and how they treat
* unwanted sexual attention
* physical beauty in the opposite sex
* a young woman’s right to speak like an intelligent human being rather than like a piece of belly button fluff?
If, like me, you feel that “Fifty Shades of Grey”, is just an exercise in dumbing-down a generation of women
go read this hilarious review by the wonderfully pithy Katrina Lumsden.
Maybe print it out and take it to the toilet to read . . . you may wet yourself from laughing so hard.
If you think I am full of shit and “Fisty Shades of Grey” is just harmful ‘Mummy Porn’, then I suspect you wouldn’t be reading my blog anyway.
HOWEVER – if you have stayed the distance then, gotta say, love your work!
Thanks for reading. xox
Love you either way!