50 shades of grey
The soaraway success of Fifty Shades of Grey has prompted the disgraced former chief of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, to reflect on the inconsistencies of public opinion and taste in his native France.
E L James’ literary sensation 50 Shades of Grey hasn’t simply boosted sales of paddles and handcuffs in Ann Summers. It has also increased the number of unusual news stories this week, as women (mostly) engross themselves in the romantic potential of Christian Grey to the detriment of daily life.
Last week, I was asked whether Fifty Shades of Grey is anti-feminist, but I don’t think so, for one simple reason: I think Fifty Shades is a good thing.
Both its success and appeal are apparent, but discussions over what the subtext of the book has to say about modern feminism has come to fruition. Is the sadomasochism seen in 50 Shades of Grey degrading to women? Or is purely fantasy, with whichever form of sexual exploration a personal choice to pursue in the bedroom?
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