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Blue Valentine Goes Down – why the NC-17 rating?

I am now extra psyched to see Blue Valentine (go watch the trailer right now if you haven’t–looks amazing) after reading Ryan Gosling’s quotes on Jezebel regarding its NC-17 tramp stamp. Apparently the scene that provoked the conservative rating depicts Gosling going down on Michelle Williams. Hot.

Here’s a snippit of Ryan’s feminist fighting words:

The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self.

I may have just had one too many gin and tonics last night while I tried to drink away the pain of shaking my ass in ungodly high Betsy Johnson boots but I just read that last sentence three times and I’m still not quite sure what it means. Control a woman’s sexual presentation of self… Do you mean, like, censoring specific sex acts? Or just every sexualized image we see of a woman every two to three seconds? Or that it’s weird that it’s okay for teens to ogle Megan Fox’s tits for a couple hours but not cool to watch Ryan eat at the Y? Um, yeah, still not really clear on the intended meaning. But anyhow, I couldn’t agree more that there are ludicrous double standards for sex and violence in TV and film in America. What’s so wrong with a little love below the belt? I guess I’ll have to see for myself what all the fuss is about. Alas, undoubtedly, it’s muff ado about nothing.

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