“50 Shades of Grey” is Back and Just as Bad as Ever

Just when you thought the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon had run its course, the trailer for the upcoming film adaption took over the Internet. And it wasn’t pretty. The 2 minute and 24 second trailer contains the following troubling details:

  • the main character Anastasia describing Christian Grey as “really intimidating”
  • Grey creepily staring at her and inquiring into her personal life
  • Grey saying “I’m incapable of leaving you alone”
  • more creepy staring
  • and in the final seconds, shots of whips and restraints

All in all, it’s not looking good. The movie appears to be a pretty faithful adaptation of the first book in the series, which many have accused of romanticizing an abusive relationship (a la Twilight). A 2013 article in the Journal of Women’s Health analyzed the novel and reported that “consistent with the Centers for Disease Control’s definitions of intimate partner violence, emotional abuse was present in nearly every interaction, including stalking, intimidation, isolation, and humiliation; these strategies collectively served to control Anastasia.”

 Presenting a clearly abusive relationship as an exciting erotic affair perpetuates skewed views of abuse, and that’s exactly what the book does, and presumably what the movie will do. We really don’t need any more reason to pay attention to 50 Shades of Grey, but if the #50shadesofgreytrailer tag trending on twitter is any indication, more attention is (unfortunately) exactly what it’s going to get. 

Watch the trailer below (for mature audiences only): http://time.com/3023563/50-shades-of-grey-trailer/

During a rape trial last year, Montana Judge G. Todd Baugh said that the 14 year old victim, raped by her 47 year old teacher, was “as much in control of the situation as the defendant.” He sentenced the man to only 30 days in jail.

This week, Baugh finally faced consequences for his ignorant and insensitive behavior. Read more in today’s blog post. 

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Read today’s blog post to find out how youtube comments can reinforce and normalize a sexist culture and what YouTube vloggers like Emily Graslie and Anita Sarkeesian are doing in response. 

http://dcvolunteerlawyersproject.blogspot.com/2014/07/lady-vloggers-fearless-heroines-of.html

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Lana Del Rey continues an unfortunate trend of glorifying domestic violence in her new song, “Ultraviolence.” With lyrics like “he hit me and it felt like a kiss,” Del Rey sends the wrong message to her fans. Domestic violence is not a “romantic” concept, it’s a serious pattern of abuse and control. 

http://dcvolunteerlawyersproject.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-problem-with-lana-del-reys-music.html

Last week we blogged about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling. Stay updated on the story below!

http://dcvolunteerlawyersproject.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-hobby-lobby-debate-continues.html

NEW posts up on the DCVLP blog!

Check out our newest AWARE blog posts! 

How Hobby Lobby Relates to Domestic Violence

Why the ruling hurts women beyond access to birth control

and The Effects of Valuing Two-Parent Homes

How stereotypes can push women into dangerous situations

Following Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup, the internet blew up with offensive and ignorant jokes that compared the game to sexual assault. See some example tweets, along with responses that call those responsible out on their behavior.

Rape is not a joke. Using it as a punchline undermines the experiences of survivors and enables rape culture. 

(photos from http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201407092030-0023915)

Gender discrepancies in family leave reflect problematic assumptions about gender roles in society. 

http://dcvolunteerlawyersproject.blogspot.com/2014/07/arguement-against-paid-family-leave.html

Street Sense featured DCVLP in an article, “Project Gives Poor a Voice in Civil Court” Check it out!

Street Sense featured DCVLP in an article, “Project Gives Poor a Voice in Civil Court” Check it out!

Erin Cavalier was raped during her freshman year at Catholic University. Her choice to share her story sheds light on the issue of sexual assault on campus, and the shortcomings of administrative responses. No more excuses.
http://dcvolunteerlawyersproject.blogspot.com/2014/07/one-students-bravery-leads-others-to.html

Erin Cavalier was raped during her freshman year at Catholic University. Her choice to share her story sheds light on the issue of sexual assault on campus, and the shortcomings of administrative responses. No more excuses.

http://dcvolunteerlawyersproject.blogspot.com/2014/07/one-students-bravery-leads-others-to.html