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10 Things ‘Twilight’ Teaches Teenage Boys About Teenage Girls

posted by Donna Freitas

TwilightpicIC.jpgWhile I don’t like this particular blogger’s attitude–nor do I agree with what he says–I can’t help but share this post I found about the “10 Things Twilight Teaches Teenage Boys About Teenage Girls” by Kevin Kelly. Kelly claims that, in theaters showing “Twilight,” “A lot of those teens are going to be of the male variety, hoping to get some insight into the mysterious creature that is a teenage girl.”
What insights, you wonder? Well, according to Mr. Kelly, apparently that “Girls Want Sex Just As Much As Boys Do” (# 6 on his list), explaining, rather crassly that:

“[Twilight] shatters an age-old myth that guys just want to get in girls’ pants. Let me tell you, girls want to get in your pants just as badly. Bella definitely tries to put the moves on Edward, and she pursues him a lot harder than he pursues her. There’s no discussion about waiting for an appropriate time or making sure the moment is extra special. No, she just wants to get him out of those clothes and get busy. Not to say that Bella’s a slut, because she’s actually a pretty chaste girl. But she definitely wouldn’t mind getting Edward in the sack for some extra-curricular activities.”

Huh? Well, desire–intense, sexual desire–is clear on both Edward’s and Bella’s part. But Mormon author Stephenie Meyer is heavy on the chastity, and nonexistent on the vulgarity Kelly tries to add to the mix. #7 on his list is similar to #6: “Girls Like Boys Who Can Resist The Urge” and contains similar, vulgar assessments.


I have to say: when I found this article I was excited. I’ve been wondering what boys think about all the “Twilight”-hype–and whether boys are seeing the series as a way to understand what girls want in the romance department.
But Mr. Kelly has a way of taking all the romance out of what he thinks “Twilight” is teaching boys about girls. Figures. Of course, he’s making fun. But still: disappointing if you ask me.



  • justin

    wow this really did help me out alot thanks for writeing this

  • Elizabeth

    I couldn’t help myself . .I went to read the original article. And, I have to say that I found it very tongue-in-cheek. His tone, to me, implied that he was taking scenes from the movie and embellishing a little to make fun of myths of what women really want. And that not only did he not believe the movie was really promoting this, but that he wasn’t seriously offering this “advice” to teenage boys.

  • Regina

    I’m a teenager and I think that what that Mr. Kelly said is disgusting. I do not agree with #6 at all. I do not feel that way. I have read all the Twilight books, and I did pick up that Bella wanted Edward in “that” way, but Stephenie Meyer shows that by Edward telling her no, because he respects her and wants to preserve her innocence and goodness, he is demonstrating how all guys should be. And then later on in the book (Eclipse this happens in), I think Bella comes to see that what Edward did was right and she is very thankful and appreciative of Edward for not taking away her virginity. Well, that’s how I see it in the end anyway.

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