Feminism Doesn’t Sparkle: What Twilight Teaches Young Girls | Amplify

Reason 2- Edward breaks into Bella’s home and watches her sleep before introducing himself even once.

 I’d like to reference Jessica Valenti for the six-millionth time in my life. In her fantastic book, “He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut,” Valenti discusses in one chapter how men are seen as romantic and women are seen as stalkers. I’ve seen this response to Edward’s behavior a number of time. What he does is just soooo romantic!

 Let’s pretend Bella followed Edward home. She waited outside his window until she was sure he was asleep before quietly sneaking in and watching him sleep. And keep in mind- they have yet to exchange any words. How would most people view her actions? Really freaking weird, right?

We should see Edward’s behavior the same way. Edward isn’t being romantic, he’s being creepyreally creepy. Glorifying this kind of behavior isn’t just ridiculous, it’s dangerous. We should be keeping girls safe- not teaching them that obsessive behavior is not just acceptable, but desired.

This is a must read article addressing the major issues that’s been bugging me about the Twilight Saga, Feminism Doesn’t Sparkle: What Twilight Teaches Young Girls. And yes, the series has been a guilty pleasure of mine since I couldn’t help reading through it and watching the movies. But it’s also important to understand and analyse that this isn’t a role model for a healthy relationship, especially when the series is aimed at young girls.

Have a look back on my previous share, Buffy vs Edward Remixed.