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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Is an entire generation of girls internalizing the idea that abuse is romantic thanks to ‘Twilight’?

Recently kar3ning at the LiveJournal Captain’s Log went to see New Moon, and realized that Bella and Edward’s relationship appears to bear all the signs of an abusive one. kar3ning asked the questions The National Domestic Violence Hotline poses to help a woman determine whether she is being abused, and answered them on Bella’s behalf:

Does your partner:
* Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
Check.

* Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?
“Stay away from the werewolves. I love you.”

* Make all of the decisions?
Check.

* Act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even deny doing it?
“If I wasn’t so attracted to you, I wouldn’t have to break up with you.”

* Threaten to commit suicide?
“I just can’t live without you. In fact, I’ll run to Italy and try suicide by vampire if anything happens to you.”

* Threaten to kill you?
On their first date.

And so on, to this conclusion:

Now I’m pissed. According to the NDVH, “If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.” This list is fifteen.

We can snark all we want to concerning Twilight — let ’em try and stop us. But here’s a genuine concern: Is an entire generation of girls internalizing the idea that abuse is romantic thanks to these books and movies?

(FYI, The LiveJournal post has gone viral — see GalleyCat and especially io9, which has a lively discussion going on in comments.)

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