Why the Books are Sexist.... Edit
- All the female characters (except for Victoria, who is a "villain") are shallow, petty, annoying, weak and obsessed with their man, whereas the males, like Carlisle and Jasper, are comparatively awesome.
- Bella cooks and cleans for her father Charlie, even though he had been doing it for seventeen years, and ought to be competent at it.
- Bella takes no notice of Edward's abusive behaviour, and forgives him without even thinking about it. There are real life examples of this behaviour, but they're not exactly shining examples of feminism either, and those circumstances usually have more lead-up than "me and this kid at school are in true love cuz we talked in Bio."
- Bella has no goals outside of marrying Edward. Now, marrying her is Edward's greatest goal as well, but he is supposed to already have several graduate degrees in medicine (not that we see any evidence in the text of him knowing an artery from a vein, but that's what happens when you don't do the research) so it's not really comparable.
FailclipseEclipse it shows that Jasper can defeat Emmett and tie with Edward, while Alice can defeat Jasper. This makes Alice the best fighter of the four, but when it comes to actual combat (for example, when planning to fend off the wolves in Breaking Dawn) there is a "natural" assumption that, being female, she will hide at the back and let the big strong men do all the fighting.
- Also in Eclipse, the only injury from the fight with the newborns is a result of Leah, the only female werewolf, doing something stupid because she was trying to show she was equal to the males, and having to be rescued. In addition, Leah wasn’t incompetent, she was pushed out of the way of a vampire by Jacob, and Jacob was injured as a result. Everybody, including Bella, blames Leah for trying to help her fellow wolves. This is a pretty accurate summary of how women’s actions are constantly being portrayed as reckless and stupid by the narrative of Twilight.
- As with Leah, so with Bella. The only time she actually accomplishes anything is in defense of her child (excluding the plot device ending of Breaking Dawn because that was a pathetic cop-out to avoid having the characters work for their happy ending.) Other than that, she just waits for Edward, or occasionally Jacob, to save her.
- In the books, having a child is presented as one of the most important things in life; in Breaking Dawn the Cullens and the werewolves will fight to the death to protect Renesmee. However, Alice, Rosalie, Leah, and all the rest of the physically powerful females are incapable of having children, yet their male counterparts are fertile. If having children is an important thing, yet none of your powerful female characters can have one, then what does that say about how you view powerful women?
- Bella is supposed to be celebrated for choosing to be with Edward and to become a vampire. Yet she states that she is "unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him". Her behavior throughout New Moon indicates that she believes that she has no choice but to love Edward. If she has no choice to love, how can she choose? Similarly, Bella does not choose to become a vampire. When it happens she is unconscious and nearly dead. Edward is the one who injects her. Edward, in the end, is the one who chooses to make her a vampire. Also several times in book she says she has no choice but to be a vampire, as she doesn't age more then Edward (God forbid if an older woman dates a younger man). Bella never had the choice since the day she met Edward, it was set in stone she has to be a vampire to have great sex with him.
And thus, the conclusion is, the only decision Bella makes for herself is what's for dinner.
Meyer's Defense Claims: Meyer attempting to claim she is “feminist” despite writing otherwise.
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