"The popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey is a testament to how far we have yet to come in working to end men's violence against women."
Our Campaigns Manager, Caitlin Roper, is in The Sydney Morning Herald today on 'Why you should boycott the Fifty Shades Darker movie'. The film will be released in cinemas around the country today, just in time for Valentine's Day.
"Collective Shout has the privilege of working with young people in schools around the country, teaching media literacy and examining the depiction of women in media and popular culture. We have seen firsthand how the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey has left teenage girls confused about sex and relationships, wondering if male violence can be a sign of affection, or if stalking means he really loves you?"
"Of course, it's not just Fifty Shades that is to blame. Popular culture is littered with messages and imagery that normalise violence against women, like Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines ("I know you want it"), advertising from brands such as Calvin Klein simulating gang rape or up-skirting, and rape and murder of women in prostitution in the Grand Theft Auto video game series."
"When women are continually depicted as passive victims or objects of sexual recreation in media, advertising and popular culture, it impacts the way we perceive them, our attitudes and beliefs, and serves to both normalise violence and inequality and downplay the harms."
Read the full article in The Sydney Morning Herald here.
Take the pledge to boycott Fifty Shades darker here.