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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

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

Literary porn saved, as Paypal abandons effort to censor smutty books, Arts

Literary porn saved, as Paypal abandons effort to censor smutty books

There is happy news for admirers of the sort of literature which inspired Tom Lehrer to hymn the delights of a: “dirty novel I can’t shut.”
Almost a fortnight after it announced that it would henceforth refuse to process payments for self-published novels it regarded as “obscene,” the eBay subsidiary Paypal has performed a somewhat untidy [...]

By | Arts | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 at 2:43 am

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