The thing is, the way James Bond treats women could be imitated by impressionable young men.
This is a tough one because I wouldn't want all sexuality to be censored. It's a matter of attitude. It just a seems as though James Bond movies treat women as objects that can be discarded. It's really a fine line, but something about it just doesn't sit right with me.
I do ...[text shortened]... and I'm not going to be militant about change, but in the meantime, I don't really enjoy the movies.
It should be pointed out that rape-like behavior in fiction is a completely different beast.
Ever heard of "bodice-rippers"? It's a genre of romance novels where rape-like behaviors are what make the books popular. The kicker? These books are made by women, for women. The idea of some impossibly attractive man so overcome with desire he must have the female lead character (who is merely someone for the female reader to project themselves onto) is a strong fantasy for countless women.
50 Shades of Grey, a book written by a woman, for women, and was IMMENSELY popular with women, has scenes like this:
Somehow he moves, I have no idea how, and in the blink of an eye I'm on the bed pinned beneath him, my arms stretched out and held above my head, his free hand clutching my face, and his mouth finds mine."
He bends and starts undoing one of my sneakers. Oh no... no... my feet. No. I've just been running. "No," I protest, trying to kick him off. He stops. "If you struggle, I'll tie your feet too. If you make a noise, Anastasia, I will gag you."
But now I feel like a receptacle - an empty vessel to be filled at his whim. [...] I have an overwhelming urge to cry, a sad and lonely melancholy grips and tightens round my heart. Dashing back to my bedroom, I close the door and lean against it trying to rationalize my feelings. I can't. Sliding to the floor, I put my head in my hands as my tears begin to flow."
Keep in mind, this is the lead male character; the man who represents the ultimate lover, the cream-of-the-crop of male suitors for women. This man, according to a female author (and MILLIONS of women) represents the ultimate female fantasy.
Is this character, created by a woman, any better than Bond? He's arguably much worse. So why is 50 Shades so wildly popular with women? Why were there women waiting for hours in long lines that began far outside of the store for this book?
I don't have an answer. What I'm fairly sure of, is that the women who enjoyed the book know they wouldn't actually enjoy this in real life. Just like when I enjoy watching an action hero blow away bad guys with a machine gun, I'm 100 percent sure I wouldn't "enjoy" actually seeing real men ripped to shreds by high-powered weapons.
Many behaviors that are abhorrent in real life just so happen to be enjoyable in a fiction. Most people understand that.
Still, there's a major difference, between male and female authors when it comes to rape-ish behavior toward women: there's a real-life culture and world around them where such behavior either ignored, excused or even encouraged. That adds an extra dimension to rape-like scenes penned by male authors.
I don't know. I guess I don't have any real answers. Just musings. *shrug*