50 Shades of Point/Counterpoint: This Sends the Wrong Message Vs. My Ovaries are Throbbing

Jessica Kindler, Theta social chair: This Sends the Wrong Message

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Jessica Kindler, Theta social chair

That was disgusting. I can’t believe a book that has topped best-seller lists around the world could be so clearly marketed towards women, yet simultaneously misogynistic and unhealthy. I mean, does anyone actually think about the repercussions of such a clearly dysfunctional relationship as the one between Ana and Christian? The enforcement of disordered eating patterns, Ana’s isolation and utter lack of autonomy, Christian’s clear abuse of BDSM safety and consent guidelines that results in questionably consensual sexual intercourse, not to mention his disdain for Ana’s agency the one outlying time she finally expresses her discontent– ugh. Society’s obsession with this media is only going to contribute to the romanticization of dangerous sexual practices and abusive relationships, and further what has historically been a bitterly contested stereotype of the ideal woman as submissive, dependent, devoid of personal preferences, and willing to be subjected to any range of unhealthy behavioral restrictions in order to maintain the love of a man, no matter how unstable he may be. I think I’m going to be sick.

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Dr. Serene Lazano, Women’s Studies professor

Dr. Serene Lazano, Women’s Studies professor: My Ovaries Are Throbbing

Wow. I just want to start by saying that was the best $13 I’ve ever spent on IMAX. Here all along I thought I had a pretty lively imagination but I guess it’s true what they say: The movies are always better than the books. Christian Grey was so hot! As a woman who has gone through puberty, her first teenage sexual awakening, and menopause, my body has never reacted the way it did in that movie theater. All I know is that I am going to go home and ride my husband all night long, while mistakenly yet unabashedly calling him Christian, or daddy, or maybe both. Probably both. Actually first I’m going to run to the store and buy some… supplies. I hope Hobby Lobby hasn’t run out of handcuffs yet. You know what, I don’t have time to keep writing this, my body won’t wait much longer. I’m coming, Christian!