Even if you haven’t read the book, chances are you’ve heard about the well-known “mommy-porn” hitting the NY Times Best Seller’s list every week this past summer. And with the buzz of a new movie coming out based on E.L James’ 50 Shades of Grey, it’s not surprising that it has become a pretty common topic of conversation. So what is the hype all about, and how are female readers reacting to it?
The Good: Robyn Cohen is an independent consultant for Passion Parties, whose mission is to bring sexual education into women’s homes in a “fun, tasteful and relaxed way.” She has had various clients from TCNJ and currently offers 50 Shades-themed parties. According to Robyn “a healthy relationship shares control.” She believes that Ana and Christian have achieved that balance of control and that the book is really a love story, “It is a struggle of two people learning how to compromise to make each other happy.”
Robyn believes the trilogy is a great resource and outlet for women today. “As women, we multitask in everything we do. We generally put ourselves last in many things. 50 Shades of Grey reopened the door for women to explore. For women to say ‘hey…it’s okay…to have fun with my sexuality.’ It brought back passion and put things back on the front burner.”
The Bad: Clare Phillipson is head of Wearside Women in Need, an organization fighting sexual abuse. According to NY Daily News, she believes that the 50 Shades trilogy is dangerous for women. Clare told BBC “I do not think I can put into words how vile I think this book is and how dangerous I think the idea is that you get a sophisticated but naive, young women and a much richer, abusive older man who beats her
The Gray Area: Sara von Bartheld, a sophomore women’s and gender
Where do you stand on this issue?