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50 Shades of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, McSmith

50 Shades of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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.

By | McSmith | Friday, 4 January 2013 at 12:39 pm

Fifty Shades of chaos, Arts

Fifty Shades of chaos

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.

By | Arts | Friday, 13 July 2012 at 1:51 pm

Fifty Shades of Porn, Arts

Fifty Shades of Porn

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.

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 11:49 am

The debate: Is the submissive relationship seen in 50 Shades of Grey degrading to women?, Arts

The debate: Is the submissive relationship seen in 50 Shades of Grey degrading to women?

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?

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 at 10:05 am

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