Brute Reason

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A major problem with the abusive relationships in Twilight is the ways in which unhealthy disinterest (Charlie, Mike, etc.) is countered with unhealthy interest (Edward, Jacob, etc.) as opposed to trading the whole kit-and-kaboodle for genuinely healthy interest. I think that the popularity of these books indicates how deeply women in our society feel their marginalization as uninteresting/non-valuable members of society and how deeply we are socialized to not pay attention to women as people as opposed to bodies or concepts. And I think that the choice to provide unhealthy interest is less of symptom of something wrong with S. Meyer (and the editors and publishers), and more an indication of how thoroughly our culture correlates abuse as the most acceptable form of intensely attentive love.

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