By Kalah Amash – Collegiate Staff
With all of the hype and anticipation about the release of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” I repeatedly told myself I wouldn’t join the flock and go watch the film.
For me, it was more about the fact that I didn’t want to be a part of the bandwagon, especially since I still hadn’t read the book. For others, it was about the fact that the movie is full of explicit sexual content that shouldn’t have been brought to theaters.
The controversy seemed to keep heating up throughout the media, so I gave in.
I purchased a ticket and was ready to brave the movie that’s been booming at the box office. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
From disappointment to triumph, the feedback I’ve heard about the film represents two opposite ends of the spectrum. Clearly, there is no in between and I have to agree. The movie is disappointing. The acting is definitely awkward. The pacing is slow, and the plot is undeveloped. However, I’m here to address and counter the idea that a movie full of sexual activity isn’t socially appropriate.
Let me just note that I thought the movie would be a little more crude in this aspect than it actually was, due to commentary about it. Why people are still taboo about this subject, I’m not sure. There are so many different avenues that promote issues society should also be concerned with such as video games promoting violence, music promoting excessive drug use and drinking, and just sexual violence in general.
Humans are naturally sexual beings. It is a part of life, and will always be. The more society shies away from it, the more likely it is to remain a hot topic. But in today’s day and age, more and more people are starting to become comfortable with embracing sensuality. For me, that’s what the movie was aiming at. Sure, it represents this in a less than maybe honorable way, or goes against the norms for most people, but it’s also just a story being told.
It’s a little exaggerated and harsh for people to think “Fifty Shades of Grey” is promoting rape or sex slavery, which is another issue we should be focused on curing.
Everything in the movie is consensual, and safety is made a priority. There is definitely a difference between consent and being forced to do something. Women are often looked down upon for expressing sex appeal because we unfortunately live in a society where doing so can promote unwanted attention, specifically from the male gender. I do not think this is fair, and it shouldn’t define a woman’s worth or value.
I do think women have to be responsible for their part too, and carry themselves as classy when conveying their femininity and all that that entails.
Although the excitement of “Fifty Shades of Grey” led to an all time crash for myself, the movie did make a bold step. It redefines the meaning of sensuality in a progressive way, more than degrading it.