My Ugly Response to the Beautiful Blonde

Blonde is a movie that aims for art as it debases Marilyn Monroe and strips her of dignity and her voice.

Lizzie Finn
2 min readOct 3, 2022
George Barris’s last photo of Marilyn Monroe, taken on Santa Monica beach on July 13, 1962.

Dear Male Directors,

Female trauma is not art.






Domestic Violence.

Non-consensual Sex.

Child Abuse.


These are not metaphors or allegories. Or beautifully rendered hallucinations or fantasies.

Violence against women and hatred of their bodies leave festering wounds that haunt women who are otherwise brilliant, beautiful, strong, resilient, and kickass.

This is not your pain or experience. So you don’t get to use it to further your art.

Stop using female pain to titillate, shock, exploit, or get your pretentious rocks off.

We get it. You love your beautiful, backlit B&W depictions of something disgusting, ugly, and dark.

But PLEASE stop.




Lizzie Finn

I write, create, instruct. My curiosity is expansive — health, happiness, relationships, spirituality, TV/film, psychedelics, feminism, neuroscience, life.