Bite of Twilight

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The feminist idea was designed to define, establish, and defend equal political, economic, and social rights for women. In the articles Taking a Bite Out of Twilight, written by Carmen D. Siering an assistant professor of English and women’s studies at Bell State University, and Two Ways a Women Can Get Hurt, written by Jean Kilbourne who is an award winning author and educator, the idea of feminism in today’s media is questioned. Seiring writes about a popular book, titled Twilight, and how the main female character of the novel goes against the idea of feminism. Kilbourne, however, writes about how advertising in today’s society is portraying women in a distinctively non-feminist way. Both authors are trying to convey to their readers that women are still being subconsciously shown in a negative light. In the article “Taking a Bite out of Twilight” Siering gives a brief description of the main female character in the Twilight novel named Bella. She writes how Bella has two male suitors that are competing for her affection and she also goes on to saying how Bella is preserved as a prize or an object and not as a human being. Siering also writes, “Fans of the books, and now a movie version, often break into “teams”, aligning themselves with the swain they hope Bella will choose in the end: Team Edward or Team Jacob (Siering, pg. 439)”. Siering continues to write, “Why not team Bella? (Siering, pg. 439)”. She goes on to explaining in her article that Stephanie Meyer, who is the author of Twilight, gave Bella no personality. She states that all Bella cares about is her two admirers and doesn’t think or feel anything that doesn’t involve one of them. Later on in the article Siering explains that one of the main reasons for her belief that Twilight portrays anti-feminist views is the fact the Bella is shown as weak and in need of constant protection. She writes, “Bella can hardly get through a chapter without Edward jumping in to save her in some way (Siering, pg....
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