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I wish I could convey the perfection of a seal slipping into water or a spider monkey swinging from point to point or a lion merely turning its head. But language founders in such seas. Better to picture it in your head if you want to feel it.
…”It is said that the Messiah will come at the end of the world.” “But it was not the end of the world,” Grandfather said. “It was, He just did not come.” “Why did he not come?” “This was the lesson we learned from everything that happened—there is not God. It took all of the hidden faces for Him to prove this to us.” “What if it was a challenge of your faith?” I said. “I could not believe in a God that would challenge faith like this.” “What if it was not in His power?” “I could not believe in a God that could not stop what happened.” “What if it was man and not God that did all of this?” “I do not believe in man, either.
It’s true: Only the blind can have sex without pain.
It’s true: We’re not blowing kisses to the minaret’s barred window; we’re going to burn down the palace.
It’s true: Adults cry less than children, and have more need to cry.
It’s true: When you care about me, you care about you caring about me. And when I care about you, I care about me caring about you.
It’s true: There’s gold at the end of the rainbow. That’s all there is!
It’s true: I can no longer distinguish my pockets from my rips, my tricks from being tricked.
It’s true: I have been to this place before.
Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.
…Absence can be present,
like a damaged nerve,
like a dark bird.
I read on Tumblr once that someone thought it was funny that nobody’s favorite character in the Harry Potter series is Harry. Another person reblogged and added, “I think it’s because Harry hates himself so much.” but I disagree. Nobody’s favorite is Harry because we are Harry. In his world, while we’re reading, we are him. That’s why he’s nobody’s favorite, we choose the ones we see around us.
I was severely disappointed in the message that Fifty Shades of Grey portrayed about sexual relations between two people who love each other. It’s okay for a man to love you AND want to have kinky BDSM sex with you. However, it seems like James is trying to say that since Christian really loves Anastasia he can’t engage in extreme BDSM acts with her (caning, flogging, gagging, binding, spanking, anal sex/toys, etc.) This is not true! I hate that it vilifies BDSM sex as almost “unnatural” or “weird.” That’s not sexually liberating, it’s oppressing to label a certain type of sex as weird or wrong or not for people who love each other. That’s why I stopped reading about halfway through the second book. I’d really like to hear any other opinions! I am a fledgling feminist so please let me know if anything I have said conflicts with modern feminist agendas.
How I thought the series would go: Anastasia meets a rich, sexy, powerful man who enjoys BDSM sex and in the process she learns to love it as well. He is her master, her dominant, her lover and she is all his and they get married and are still having BDSM sex twenty years later when they have kids.
How the series actually went: Anastasia meets a rich, sexy, powerful man who enjoys BDSM sex because he is mentally, emotionally, and psychologically damaged (message being: sane, rational people who were not neglected or traumatized at a young age enjoy “normal” sex) and because they fall in love with each other he can’t have BDSM sex with her.