I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.
Come lie with me. I wanna talk about nothing with someone that means something.
Niekuomet nesistenk būti kitokia, negu gali atrodyti kitiems, nes kad ir kokia būtum ar galėtum būti buvusi, vis tiek nebūsi buvusi kitokia, nei visiems kitiems atrodys, kad buvai.
A blessed companion is a book! A book that, fitly chosen, is a life-long friend.
Šiandien dangus migloje, nors ir apšviestas saulės. Toks jis būna tik rudenį.
Ėjau ir galvojau, kad kiekviena metų laiko pradžia būna graži.
Graži rudens pradžia su pasikeitusiu dangum, ypatingu apšvietimu ir pradedančių kristi lapų kvapu.
Graži žiemos pradžia, kai visą pilkumą užkloja sniegas.
Visgi priėjęs mintyse pavasarį, turėjau pripažinti, kad klydau. Pavasaris gražiausias besibaigiąs, kai sužydi medžiai ir visi bėga fotografuotis prie sakurų.
O vasara tai iš vis nesusipratimas: ji graži tik tam tikrais momentais, tam tikroje vietoje ir tik akimirką.
I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.
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.