What We learn From 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Twilight,' and 'Fifty Shades of Grey' | Megan Maas

February 12, 2015 10:47 PM

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As women line up to see Fifty Shades of Grey, I feel they've been cheated. There is nothing new, unique, or even creative about Fifty Shades of Grey. It's just the latest installment of pop culture messages that teach girls and young women that truly hot and irresistible love includes some element of violence and danger.

These messages start when you're little with Beauty and the Beast. As a girl, you learn to be nice and patient with an abusive partner, and as long as you remain so, he will change his behavior and transform into a Prince. It doesn't matter that he's throwing things at you, locking you up in a room,...

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