My Blue Valentine

You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.

 

Ryan Gosling calls MPAA misogynistic over NC-17 rating for Blue Valentine oral-sex scene

 

2 thoughts on “My Blue Valentine

  1. Yeah, Michelle Williams should wear a burqa and love it, or she should be a sexual object. Those are the only two possibilities for women, right? /sarcasm

    I saw the movie. It’s very good, very depressing, and painfully true-to-life. The sex was a little explicit, but the emotional content of the sex was far more raw and uncomfortable. If I had to guess, I’d guess that sex scenes that forced viewers to engage characters emotionally, rather than libidinously, was quite possibly too much for the MPAA raters, whoever they are.

  2. If I had to guess, I’d guess that sex scenes that forced viewers to engage characters emotionally, rather than libidinously, was quite possibly too much for the MPAA raters, whoever they are.

    That’s one of the great hypocrisies of American sexuality. On the one hand, you have to stay “pure,” but if you have sex, there can’t be any emotion or intimacy in it.

    Um. Yeah.

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