Anonymous asked:

What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?

shelbymontanaharris:

dysonrules:

aconissa:

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.

REBLOG FOREVER.

And people wonder why I hate that book series! Stop popularizing rape culture seriously.

And on top of all those valid criticisms, the writing is just fucking awful. Makes Twilight almost seem readable by comparison.

West Bank Rises, Tens Of Thousands Join Largest March Since Last Intifada

I was wondering when they were finally going to figure out this tactic on a large scale. Now if they just sit down. In Jerusalem. In the checkpoints. In the roads. In the shops and office buildings. Just sit down and peacefully block everything. Force the Israelis to drag then out just to get basic everyday life moving again. And then do it all over again. And again. And again. Just sit. Like the four brave young men in a Greensboro Woolworth’s.

Time and time again, however, the Fire Phone has reminded me that there’s a difference between good ideas about phones and good phones. A big difference.

David Pierce, talking about Amazon’s Fire Phone, which The Verge, like basically everyone else, panned.  (via parislemon)

And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.

"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)

flightoftheakseabird:

Cheese crusted tomato sandwich, Take 2: Garlic rosemary bread from @caminobakery, Ashe County garlic cheddar, and a medley of blondkopfchen, azoychka and Blue Ridge Mountains tomatoes from my garden. #wiat #eatlocally #tomatoes #summer2014

Open. A. Restaurant. Please.Every time you do a food post I can’t help but think “I would so wait in line for an hour and pay her for a plate of that and a beer.”

flightoftheakseabird:

Cheese crusted tomato sandwich, Take 2: Garlic rosemary bread from @caminobakery, Ashe County garlic cheddar, and a medley of blondkopfchen, azoychka and Blue Ridge Mountains tomatoes from my garden. #wiat #eatlocally #tomatoes #summer2014

Open. A. Restaurant.

Please.

Every time you do a food post I can’t help but think “I would so wait in line for an hour and pay her for a plate of that and a beer.”

thorinoakenbutt:

castielandpie:

poryqon:

it bothers me that Kansas and Arkansas are not pronounced the same

I’m from the UK and I have been pronouncing Arkansas as Ar-Kansas my whole life

For all my non-american friends, Arkansas is pronounced ark-an-saw

I just pronounce Arkansas as “Av-oid-this-shit”