Friday, July 2, 2010

Propaganda!!!

The other day I was taken on a romantic date to see Eclipse. Yeah, I am twenty six going on twenty seven, but that still does not mean that I do not want to see these movies.

I love vampire lore, history, stories, basically everything to do with vampires. I have read Anne Rice, I have seen True Blood, I like the ideas and the new concepts each of these new genres and people bring to the culture of vampires. I can also appreciate the classics such as Bram Stoker and Nosferatu.

The newer films/movies by Stephenie Meyers leave me a little lacking. I get that they are for young adults not for people my age but still, I wanted more from each book, and that more was never really achieved. I like the books and movies, don't get me wrong I do find them entertaining, but I just want something more.

I want more because even to my age group I can still get into the Harry Potter series(written for the same age group)and I still love them but these while good Meyers books are just not all there. Stephen King states that, "the real difference [between J. K. Rowling and Meyer] is that Rowling is a terrific writer, and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good." And I do have to agree. While I will read both of these books, I like how Rowling knows how to make twists and turns and Meyers is just doing it blindly on faith (ha ha).

Back to my romantic date. There we were sitting in the movie theater holding hands and having a good time. Up until the point where I started booing.

I have the urge sometimes in the middle of movies to tell my someone my ideas or opinions about them movie. Usually done in a really low voice so as to not interrupt the people around us. This was NOT the case during this movie.

The scene was Bella and Edward spending the night ALONE (gasp) at his house, where he found a bed for them to sleep in for the night. She wants to have sex with him, basically trying to seduce him into giving her what she wants, and he refuses. This wouldn't have irritated me BUT then he goes on to state something along the lines of, "In my day and age this only happens after marriage. It is not right to take away your virtue and your chastity. I would only allow myself to do this once we are married. Blah Blah Blah."

At this point appalled I shouted out, "PROPAGANDA!!! FAMILY VALUES PROPAGANDA!!! RELIGIOUS PROPAGANDA!! BOOOO BOOOO BOOOO!!!" CH calmed me down just a little bit but I was furious. I get it, teenage kids should not have sex. But they should not have sex because of diseases and the chance of pregnancy, NOT because of what Edward stated.

The idea of the worth of a woman is dependent upon her chastity is deplorable. This idea goes back to the Victorian age where the only thing of worth was a woman's virginity. Edward is supposedly of this time but living through it and going through how many centuries should show that women offer more than just their maidenhood (yuck what a terrible word!).

I was angry that this was put in the movie. I was waiting for something like this to happen though. I know how it was in the books, but in the movies, to a broader audience a more destructive message can be portrayed.

Teenagers shouldn't have sex because of the problems it can bring them. They should not NOT have sex because of what a society dictates to them is right or wrong or what a religion dictates to them what is right or wrong. If one makes choices solely based upon this then they have no free will and they are puppets to a larger entity and will never know their own voice, and never tell their own story.

Meyers states," [she] does not consciously intend her novels to be Mormon-influenced, or to promote the virtues of sexual abstinence and spiritual purity, but admits that her writing is shaped by her values."

Spiritual purity....ugh... what a terrible idea. How about we just go back and have arranged marriages and sell our daughters off to the highest bidders?

Bitch Magazine states that, "Ultimately, it’s a statement of the sexual politics of Meyer’s abstinence message: Whether you end up doing the nasty or not doesn’t ultimately matter. When it comes to a woman’s virtue, sex, identity, or her existence itself, it’s all in the man’s hands. To be the object of desire, in abstinence porn is not really so far from being the object of desire in actual porn."

Congratulations Meyer, way to throw back women to the days where all we were good for was cooking, cleaning, having babies and making sure our men were happy.

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