Eternal Sights; Spotted Mind

Eternal Sights; Spotted Mind: Joelyn’s Book Bites #1:35

Eternal Sights

The double standards of gender and writing (???)

After watching the movie version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, I would say it was one of the best films that I’ve ever watched. I must say the Swedish do a better Print to Screen, hands down. So I raved about how good it was on Facebook and my dear writer friend went to watch it.

When I asked her how was it, she told me it was gruesome with all the sexual violence and all that. Quite expected, if you’ve read the novel, you’ll know how the movie will somehow turn out to be. However, it later turned into a conversation discussing the double standards of gender and whatever they write.

Thus it raised the question: Why is something so deeply gruesome (Nazi/ Racist Rape & Murder) written within a novel by a male considered something like a work of art but greatly disparaged when a similar subject (Bullfighting) is written by a woman?

Think about it. It’s not just something that happens in the literary world, it’s something that happens in ever aspect of whatever is done. A man who has a relationship with a much younger woman is considered a “Hero” in his circle, a woman is considered a “Gold Digger”. And that’s not the only double standard we’re talking about.

Think about it.

P/S – For anyone with any thoughts on this issue, feel free to leave a comment. I’m looking forward to feedback on this. Thank you =)

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