Emily Ratajkowski Says Marilyn Monroe Movie 'Blonde' Is Just Another Way "We Love To Fetishize Female Pain"

The Marilyn Monroe movie "Blonde" aired on Netflix this week, and it wasn't received that well by critics and audiences. Model Emily Ratajkowski has her own take on it even though she hasn't seen it yet. She claims this film is just another way that people fetishize female pain.

By Gina Florio2 min read

Emily Ratajkowski has been an outspoken feminist for as long as she's been famous. She wrote an essay collection called My Body, in which she said that showing your naked breasts can be exploited because of "the cis-hetero patriarchal construct that we live in." Needless to say, she's always finding a way to blame everything on the patriarchy and be a feminist icon. She hasn't seen the Marilyn Monroe movie Blonde yet, but she shared her initial thoughts on the film anyway.

Emily Ratajkowski Says Marilyn Monroe Movie Blonde Is Just Another Way "We Love To Fetishize Female Pain"

Ana de Armas stars as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, and the film shows some of the most tragic, traumatic moments of her life that many people didn't even know took place. From abortion to sexual assault to childhood abuse, the movie offers uncomfortable scenes that are difficult to watch. Emily doesn't even have to watch the film to know that she's not on board with it.

"We love to fetishize female pain," she said in a video. "Look at Amy Winehouse, look at Britney Spears, look at the way we obsess over Diana's death." She also pointed to CSI episodes that depict "dead girls."

"It's this crazy fetishization of female pain and death," she claimed.

She added that she has learned how to fetishize her own pain in her life so that her own suffering and challenges can appear "sexy." She said, "I think we do that in many, many different ways."

"You know what's hard to fetishize?" she continued. "Anger. So I have a proposal. I think we all need to be a little more pissed off. I'm gonna be in my witch era. 2022, baby, is my bitch era. I think we should all be in our bitch era. I'm just gonna get angry."

While it's perfectly fine to be uncomfortable with seeing "female pain" be featured in films and TV, it's ludicrous to imply that seeing someone's pain turned into a blockbuster movie is something unique only to women. There are countless war or gang movies and TV shows that center primarily on the pain that men endure (and overcome), such as Dunkirk, Peaky Blinders, and Saving Private Ryan, to name just a few. There are probably even more movies or TV shows that feature a man's suffering for entertainment than there are programs featuring a woman's suffering. But Emily conveniently leaves this out.

The narrative coming from Emily always has to be that women have it way harder than men do, and that women were much more oppressed in the past. But for every woman who was mistreated and exploited in the past, there is a man who had to die a painful death in war or a dangerous job.