What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?
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.
Boycott this fucking movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society
Frederic Leighton, A Girl (detail)
OUR LADY OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND A-GOD-AM-I SYNDROME
Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time. Despicting her as a madonna is in no way an original idea, I took inspiration from choodraws, and even before them, micromicrocosm already did it. But I love the concept really, of analysing Princess Bubblegum and what she represents to the candy kingdom, how she is devoid of morals and how she despises magic yet uses science to create life. Ahhhhh morally ambiguous characters ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
I recorded the process of this, so yeah, gotta edit that and put on YouTube…
Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet, Easy PaintTool SAI, Adobe Photoshop CS6
Kat Graham shot by Steven Gomillion & Dennis Leupold for FAULT Magazine Issue 11
Buddy Nestor was an abstract painter until a few years ago when he struck a strange new chord with portraiture that took his work to a new level. Derivative of his abstract style, Nestor’s “spiritual x-ray” portraits are intended to remove the mask of beauty to reveal darker, more honest aspects of the personalities of his subjects.
Belying his intention of removing beauty, and regardless of how uncomfortable his works are to many people, they are paradoxically comprised of pleasing shapes and muted colors, like marbleized colored plastic or objects seen through distorted glass. They are mesmerizing and even beautiful, disturbing only when their full context is realized.
The uncanny and destabilizing nature of his work is powerful. It mesmerizes and confuses the logic of the viewer opening up cracks in the psyche. This is one of the most important things art can do: open the mind. -