Gail Dines: Why are Women Devouring Fifty Shades of Grey?

29 Jul

“The porn industry must be throwing a fit right now. The adult bookFifty Shades of Grey has sold over twenty million copies in record time, and sales are still going strong. How did E.L. James, a first-time author who was a television executive, manage to pull off a feat that has eluded the porn industry—getting women to see sexual cruelty as hot sex?”

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3 Responses to “Gail Dines: Why are Women Devouring Fifty Shades of Grey?”

  1. karmarad July 30, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    How did the female author sell all those books?

    By selling out. By pushing a male version of sexuality, which the publishers loved and decided to promote. Great grooming for young women.

    Why did she do it? For money. Rewards do come when one is promoting male sadism.

    Why do women read it? Because they haven’t been taught the Taboo Lesson: never go along with what society says is cool. It’s always just the usual male exploitation.

    You women who couldn’t resist liking it?

    You’ve been groomed your whole lives. Do you really need a (female) (feminist) shrink to see it? Just grin (painfully) and move on. It’s just another MacBurger shoved down yer throat. You’re ok, just stop swallowing the crap.

    • Vadim Voroshilov September 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

      From what I can weave, the main criticism is that it apparently advocates violence against women. These criticisms are generated from an instinctive reaction to the social context of the book (being the woman degraded by a man,) with little or no research regarding the regulations of BDSM.

      In pertinence to this, some have criticised the misrepresented portrayal of this books origins (BDSM), because BDSM is constituted by regulations that ensure safety for both applicants.

      Any act of BDSM requires absolute trust between the dominate/dom/top and the submissive/sub/bottom. Absolute Trust. It’s not a thing of power. It’s a thing of trust.

      Any initially perceived gender bias is circumstantial. Any BDSM relationship is consensual, in which the roles are freely applicable to both sexes. (A dominant female is a dominatrix.)

      Everyone seems to misinterpret the stimulus of arousal in this book. Opinions are corrosive concerning the literary value, but I digress. I believe (to use the feminist term) s**t-shaming is quite exponential in people’s misunderstanding of women’s admiration for this book.

  2. jane August 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Just to be difficult, what if someone read it from the hero’s point of view- forget the heroine (the feminist perspective) just for once- what If one took a more general humanistic? point of view.
    Abused child, isolated, vulnerable- is re abused… as they are. Isolates himself, Overachieves as they may do- finds his addiction in violent sex rather than in old fashioned drugs… finds it disappointingly empty and ugly. Sees himself as dirty and unworthy. He then finds salvation in a healthy loving relationship finally. – finds love with some woman strong enough to put up with him.
    Now this story surely should be condemned not for objectifying women but surely more for this fantasy. Sure, abused young boys do grow up to be re-abused and to abuse others themselves. They frequently do succeed spectacularly if superficially, but emotionally they stay broken. They don’t find love- they grow up to find isolation and to take their own lives. Surely this story is a terrible fantasy – because it gives abused boys hope that there might be some future for them

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