Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Unlike rain on your wedding day...

This is actually ironic. Twilight had been criticized as being sexist/misogynistic. Plenty of feminist critics have accused Meyer of telling a story that basically amounts to a young woman willing subjecting herself to the control of a man who doesn't care for her, doesn't respect her as a human being, but basically just wants to eat her. (A smattering of examples: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Now I'm not going to make a final declaration on the feminist issue until I'm further along through the book, but if Twilight is, as many have contended, inherently anti-woman, then when Mike asks Bella about a paper she's writing, her reply is deliciously ironic:
Whether Shakespeare's treatment of female characters is misogynistic.

It's worth pointing out that Meyer has denied charges of misogyny.

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