To the impressionable anon: "impressionable" doesn't equal "I am modeling my entire future love life on this and using it as a set of instructions." Sometimes that happens, but more often it is internalized impressions. It's not being in a controlling relationship and thinking "Edward was like this, so it's ok and how love is," it's being in a controlling relationship and NOT realizing it's bad b/c of internalized expectations fed by problematic media that's never deconstructed for it's audience
Anonymous

Also, your excessive use of the word "impressionable" is laughable. Should we chain these girls in a dark cave, prevent them from moving their limbs and necks, forcing them to stare only at shadows we project on the cave wall? Why yes, that was a reference to Plato's Allegory of the Cave; thanks for noticing. Whether or not girls are exposed to a fictional, abusive vampire and his sheepish girlfriend at age 12 will make no difference in who they become as people. tl;dr: get the fuck over it.
Anonymous

 Should we chain these girls in a dark cave, prevent them from moving their limbs and necks, forcing them to stare only at shadows we project on the cave wall? 

Clearly, you haven’t seen the nine million posts I’ve made about putting an emphasis on strong female role models and kicking the media in the ASS about bringing characters of that ilk to the forefront of their programming, but thanks for playing!

Why yes, that was a reference to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave; thanks for noticing. 

Everyone and their dog reads the Cave in like, the ninth grade, I remain thoroughly unimpressed with your attempts to show me how ~*~ well read~*~ you are.

Whether or not girls are exposed to a fictional, abusive vampire and his sheepish girlfriend at age 12 will make no difference in who they become as people.

Tell that to the generation of girls my age who grew up wanting to be Hermione Granger. What you put into your brain during your formative years has MASSIVE psychological impact. Do you know how many girls are looking for their Edward? Who would find that relationship, that disturbing relationship, romantic and acceptable?

Thousands. 

I know because I know them. I’ve been to signings and events. I’ve held countless conversations with Twihards. And I’ve got a lot of converts. 

Look. I am not telling ANYONE not to read Twilight, or to see the movies. They’re a guilty pleasure and everyone deserves their guilty pleasures (or not-so-guilty). But it’s problematic and people should be educated about it. If you don’t like that, why on EARTH are you talking to me?

Though I've had minimal exposure to the books or movies, I feel it must taken into account that these are works of FICTION. There are plenty of books with misogynistic themes, and plenty of books chalked full of poor role models. Whether someone reads a book about a damsel in distress or a child rapist, it doesn't matter; readers aren't forced to assume the persona of a character they read about. People are free to read whatever they please. Would you rather the books be burned than read?
Anonymous

plenty of books chalked full of poor role models

You mean “chock full”, but I’ll let it slide. 

Whether someone reads a book about a damsel in distress or a child rapist, it doesn’t matter; readers aren’t forced to assume the persona of a character they read about.

Find me one book in which a child rapist is painted with same heroic brush that Edward is. 

People are free to read whatever they please. Would you rather the books be burned than read?

I would like the books read with the grain of salt that simply isn’t there. Fiction is fiction and people can write what they like and read what they like - what bothers me is the cultural phenomenon of Twilight that blatantly disregards the EXTREMELY CREEPY nature of their relationship and paints it as the perfect romance. What bothers me is that no one is willing to step up to the plate and publicly bring these issues forward because the media creams it’s jeans over anything and everything Twilight because the fanbase is MASSIVE and the franchise is worth millions of dollars. 

And the fact that the writing is flat-out awful. That too.

It's also worth noting that upon finding out that Bella is pregnant, almost the first thing Edward does is try to take AWAY Bella's choice. He never asks her if she's okay. He never asks her what she wants. He doesn't even consult Bella before making plans with Carlisle for an abortion. (Which is of course in large part Meyer setting up a pro-choice strawman argument for her pro-life heroine to smash, though it's also consistent with Edward's abusive, controlling behaviour.)
themyskira

THIS. 

the whole point of feminism is choice, therefore bella choosing to keep her baby instead of aborting it doesnt mean she is anti-abortion at all, its just what she decided to do. not everyone who has children is agaisnt abortion. and if you didnt notice edward doesnt want bella to keep the baby because it is killing her, but he loves bella and trusts that they can save both her and the baby. im not directing this only at you guys but just giving another perspective on the issue
Anonymous

let me make it real clear: while we are decidedly pro-choice, bella’s decision to keep her baby isn’t a reasons why twilight is anti-feminist. keeping a baby that is killing you, while crazy to ME, may not be crazy to you and that’s totally acceptable. being pro-choice doesn’t mean having abortions, it means supporting the right of others to do so. 

HOWEVER i do think that stephenie meyer, religious wackjob that she is, took a 100% pro-life stance in her book. and i’m not crazy about that.

I think that last anon also doesn't know that Fifty Shades of Grey was originally a Twilight fanfiction. So if they're going to point to it as an example of media that insults and degrades women, they need to admit that Twilight does too.
catsuitmonarchy

pt 2:media is degrading, to some degree, to women so why aren't you reprimanding those things too? Take for example, Fifty Shades of Grey. Also, you shouldn't blame the film industry for these types of films because the film industry is just trying to satisfy their audiences. They're just trying to make what sells. Yes, it's a bit cheap that they are promoting these negative things but it's only because us, consumers, like those things.
Anonymous

pt 2:media is degrading, to some degree, to women so why aren’t you reprimanding those things too?

Because this is a Twilight blog. You want to see me rant about misogyny in media, please follow my personal blog.

Take for example, Fifty Shades of Grey

Seriously, follow my personal blog. 

Also, you shouldn’t blame the film industry for these types of films because the film industry is just trying to satisfy their audiences.

WOW. 

They’re just trying to make what sells.

WOW WOW WOW.

Yes, it’s a bit cheap that they are promoting these negative things but it’s only because us, consumers, like those things.

You need to go far away from me before I find a way to Nazgul screech at you via the internet. 

My father is a screenplay writer. I’ve been involved in the business my entire life. And what sells is what Hollywod tells you that you want. I can 100% blame the film industry for promoting shittiness because they are in a position of power and have a huge opportunity to present our country with worthwhile values and educate the public about important issues. Instead, they are only interested in making money, and when something like Twilight comes along, something chock full of rape culture and misogyny but making money regardless - they will beat this pale, sparkly horse for many, many years. And there will be young people out there who watch byproducts of this and think “I want a relationship like that, because the movies glorified it, it must be healthy.”

So sit the fuuuuuuck down.

pt 1:I'm curious as to how this blog isn't a hate blog. It's content is filled with Robert Pattison's hate of the Twilight franchise so to some degree, though indirectly, your blog is hating on Twilight. If I'm correct a hate blog is just a blog dedicated to hating one group, person, object, etc. I totally respect that you guys want to voice your opinions and props for you guys for standing up for women's rights but isn't it a bit much as well? They're just fictitious works. Probably 75% of
Anonymous

pt 1:I’m curious as to how this blog isn’t a hate blog.

Because it’s not.

It’s content is filled with Robert Pattison’s hate of the Twilight franchise so to some degree, though indirectly, your blog is hating on Twilight.

Robert hating Twilight is the subject of this blog. So I guess, in that respect, it is a hate blog. However, the anti-Twilight sentiment on this blog isn’t hate - it’s educating people about why it’s problematic. If my responses were “LOLOL TWILIGHT SUX”, then it’d be hate. “This is rape culture and here’s why” is education. 

If I’m correct a hate blog is just a blog dedicated to hating one group, person, object, etc.

Not what we’re doing here.

I totally respect that you guys want to voice your opinions and props for you guys for standing up for women’s rights but isn’t it a bit much as well?

Nope.

They’re just fictitious works. Probably 75% of

With a massive fanbase of impressionable young women. 

Another thing that 13 year-old anon can do is write an email explaining the situation to her counselor, ccing the teachers AND the principal, naming the kid with the grabby hands and stating that it is affecting her ability to feel safe at school. If she feels that her writing skills are not up to snuff get a trusted grownup/parent to help her with the wording. By ccing the principal you force everyone to take action cover their butts. Leave a paper trail. Sending good thoughts.
thetoymakers

ALL OF THIS.

Thanks, guys. I'm going to pitch-slap him so hard, his man boobs are going to concave! And I seriously have no intentions of apologising
Anonymous