“I know you’ve heard many different things in the last few years about Bella maybe not being a positive feminine icon.” (x)
feminist criticisms of Twilight are very valid but they often end up being just as misogynistic as the books themselves.
this is a good point and i’m not just saying that cause i’m literally obsessed w/ her
Valid feminist critique of Twilight: It’s teaching girls that the only way to be justified as a person is to in fact remain a half person until you are married and with child. Only then will you be whole. You cannot be a justified person without those things.
Misogynistic “feminist” critique of Twilight: Lyk3 OMG Bella is so dumb I can’t believe she’d just throw her life away for some freakish oldcolddude and how lame is she for crying and staying in bed for months wow what a weak anti social weirdo like she can have fun on her own just go to the club haveafewshotsanddanceyoubitch.
Claire rails against the gender politics of 18th-century Scotland the same way that she would’ve railed against the gender politics of 1950s Western culture. She’s a woman attempting to negotiate patriarchy and her own sexual and emotional desires — why, when described this way, does it sound like such a narrative innovation?
"Now I feel like if I smiled for a paparazzi photo—not that I ever would—that’s exactly what people would be desecrating me for. They’d be like, ‘now you’re going to give it up, now you’re a sellout.’ like, okay. What do you want? What would you like?”