Throughout my travels this past month, I completely missed out on a disturbing phenomenon: Fifty Shades of Grey. All the early morning show interviews, all the hoopla for a "wonderful" sweet love story, all the media hype for what??? A book that professes that a sick kind of "love relationship" between a man and a woman is great read for everyone? I don't think so. Even worse this book is the first of a trilogy of three stories. The other two titles are Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
The story tells of a college graduate, Anastasia Steele who becomes romantically involved with a young business entrepreneur, Christian Grey set in the city of Seattle. They meet, they date and then the trouble begins.
Fifty Shades of Grey, the first in the series started off as a fan fiction story based on the "Twilight" novels. There is a small controversy whether this series infringes on copyright issues of Stephanie Myer's creations but as of late not under investigation.
It has become the fastest selling paperback of all time, surpassing the Harry Potter series which is very surprising. Some people call this series of books a sweet love story. I just call it erotica smut and hope to God that young girls don't pick it up to read this very disturbing story. How can we as women promote the ideals of this book as a way to show love in a relationship to young girls who won't understand what real love is in a healthy relationship between a man and a woman?
This story has sick messages of how a man inappropriately treat a woman during intimacy. What used to be considered pornography is now mainstream literature. If we, as mothers, laud this series as "enjoyable" and "in a class by itself" as Entertainment Weekly has written, what does that say for our society's mores in relationships?
This is a major concern for many parents as the issue of its depictions of bondage/discipline, dominance/submission and sadism/masochism (BDSM) are not appropriate for teens to read as has been reported by major news services. The examples of the relationship in the book isn't real life but a fantasy and it doesn't mean women want this kind of experience.
Some libraries have banned the book but as the public demanded the opportunity to read it, these libraries later changed their policy to shelve the book as in the example of the Broward County Public Library in Florida.
This is a sign of the times. What was regarded as unfit for all good men is now mixed in society as a sweet love story. It is unbelievable to me that anyone would allow their young daughter to read such garbage spreading over the earth. Parents: be forewarned, this is a terrible story not fit to be read by anyone.