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Banning Movies is Step Closer to Censorship

As someone who advocates for women’s rights, both socially and politically, I have to say I am ardently against Bison Catholic’s Prayer Chain and boycott against ’50 Shades of Grey’ being played in the Century Theater in the Memorial Union.

Ever since the controversial book came out, groups have been speaking out against it. Now that it’s a movie, it’s practically blown up the internet.

I get it. It’s not for everyone, and it goes against some people’s morals. That’s fine. What I don’t get is why these groups are trying to say who can have access to this content.

We cannot become a country that censors content because one group is offended by something. If that were the case, the arts would be in serious jeopardy.

Not to get all ‘Murican on everyone, but this country prides itself on access to free speech and the absence of censorship. What’s next? Banning R-rated movies altogether?

The people who choose to go see this movie are consenting adults, the same way the characters in the movie are consenting adults. This movie gets a bad rap because the man is shown dominating a woman.

However, what the naysayers omit is that the woman consents and does get to choose which acts are performed. At no time is she forced to do something she doesn’t want to do – just like nobody is forcing anyone to go see the movie.

Other movies – which show rape, incest and murder – are not boycotted like this one was. I would think movies that show illegal actions against women with far worse consequences than a little BDSM would have a worse reaction than watching two consenting adults have sex.

People live different lives than you. They just do. If BDSM isn’t your thing, that’s okay. It’s not for everyone. Catholicism isn’t for everyone either, but I haven’t heard anything about the BDSM community starting a Facebook group against Catholics. If there is one, let me know.

There is a reason movie ratings are applied the way they are. If this was something that was OK for everyone to see, it would have been rated G. However, the film industry knew that not everyone should see this, and so they rated it R.

That was not a mistake. At 18, maybe our brains are not fully formed and are still impressionable, but I know 80-year-olds whose opinions can still be swayed.

If you don’t want to go see the movie, then don’t. But please don’t tell other people what they can and cannot have access to. That is a scary step toward government censorship.

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