Thoughts on Breaking Dawn’s Second Trailer, by Naomi, age 12
The most recent Breaking Dawn trailer is very dramatic with suspenseful music and lots of action. The end of the trailer focuses on how the werewolves are ready to kill Bella. The sexism that this is representing is very clear to me.
For one, it seems that everyone is pressuring Bella, the woman, to give up her baby. Don’t get the wrong impression. I do not agree that Bella should give up everything to be a mother nor am I like people who are against abortion because of the constant messages it is supposedly murder. But I do think Bella should be able to make her own decision and the males in the movie should give Bella some respect. For example, Edward and Jacob would give up anything for Bella, just like she hopes to do for her baby, yet they won’t allow her the freedom to make her own choice.
Another very disturbing message I got from the most recent trailer is that Edward can, just like the popular t-shirt, bite the pillows, bruise Bella’s body and bust the headboard without causing emotional trauma. If this were to happen to a real woman, it would classify as sexual violence. In the trailer, this event is classified as “their best night ever.” As clueless as Bella is to this abuse, others may say it is alright because the Edward suffers and feels bad for what he has done. Does this really make a difference? No, it doesn’t. Bella is still injured and her continued desire for him suggests she thinks his violence is ok.
It seemed that even though the two different versions of the Breaking Dawn trailer were quite different that there basic message was the same. The first trailer was building up on the wedding and the honeymoon. This is the basic story of how Bella and Edward can live a happy full life without having to worry about what kinds of things others are feeling or what consequences their love will have on others. For example, Jacob, who they have both put through so much pain, and now they expect him to show up just to be disappointed at seeing the woman he loves get married to his primary enemy.
The second trailer is based on how Bella gets pregnant and is dying and becoming weaker by the second while many are planning to kill her. This is again a message that the two who truly love each other can always make it through if only they love each other enough. It’s Disney all over. Also, once again it seems the woman has to face the difficulties when the man is the one who always saves the day. In the first trailer Bella has to do something she wishes not to, get married to Edward, and in the second trailer she has to go through the pain of saving her pregnancy while others torment her about her choice to keep it.
Even two and a half minutes of preview can bring harmful messages to those who can’t truly understand the problems with this sort of setup. This is a reminder: everything is more than it looks like if you read between the lines.