Five solid feminist arguments for Breaking Dawn Part 2
IT’s “abstinence porn”. It’s pro-life dogma. It’s Mormon propaganda. It inspired Fifty Shades of Grey. It promotes domestic abuse.
No pop franchise has polarised viewers quite like Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight saga. The author’s blockbusting blend of relatable issues, puppy love and vampires has rarely won favour in the mainstream media, even among lovers of rival boy franchises Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. But maybe, just maybe, the haters ought to have stayed until the final reel . . . 1 BD1 gives a graphic account of the body horror of pregnancy; BD2 is an ode to the near-supernatural postpartum recovery.
2 Key phrase and scene: “I’ve underestimated you, Bella.” All the damsel-in-distress action has been but a prelude to the heroine’s sneaky rise through the ranks of the undead. Twenty minutes into BD2, she’s the undisputed cougar-killing queen of the vampires. The clue is on the book cover, people. Think of it like a rape-revenge cycle. Without the rape part. 3 Having emerged unscathed on the other side of a complete (albeit accelerated) maidenhood-motherhood-crone cycle, Bella gets to kick the crap out of lots of people.