• Mon, Nov 5 2012

A Domestic Abuse Charity Is Using Fifty Shades Of Grey As Toilet Paper

50 shades of grey domestic abuse

For heaven’s sakes. I don’t like Fifty Shades of Grey because I think it is a very, very badly written book, but this domestic abuse charity seems to be taking a very strong line on it. And by a “strong line” I mean “this is ridiculous.”

According to the BBC:

The charity, based in Washington, originally planned to burn the donated books on a bonfire.

Ms Phillipson said: “There were a range options. We discussed the book burning while getting the message across that this book is a dangerous trend. I think we’ve got a culture now which has completely sexualised women and in which women feel obligated to take part in that culture. We want to draw a line under that. We will be cutting them up, using them for toilet roll and sticking them on our compost heap and they will go back into the ground… although the ideas they represent will continue.”

Just so we’re clear: the weird, awkward seeming sex featured in Fifty Shades of Grey, complete with drawn out contracts and abbreviation-rich text messages sounds… awful to me. Just awful. It sounds as sexy as pus on a bagel. It’s also entirely consensual. Hence all those elaborate discussions and hilarious contracts.

Comparing the two minimizes the difficulties of people who are actually living in abusive situations. This is idiotic. Also, book burning is dumb. Stop being dumb, well meaning people.

Picture via Wikipedia

Share This Post:
  • http://www.facebook.com/sameurysm Samantha Escobar

    Anybody who considers book burning even for a moment makes me incredibly upset, guh.

  • AnonymousForThis

    I was abused and raped in an “entirely consensual” BDSM relationship. It’s not that the damn book is about kink, it’s that it’s about an abusive relationship being presented as totally hot and okay because it’s kinky.

  • Guest

    Their relationship is pretty abusive. Even though the female protagonist “agrees” he pretty much coerces her into the relationship. On top of that he likes to control her eating habits and it’s revealed in the second book that he did a background check on her, he knows her social security number and her bank account number, and every place she’s ever lived or worked. It’s not just a sub dom relationship. It’s abusive. Maybe you should re read the book…

  • Psych Student

    I admit that I haven’t read the book because it’s stupid and my BDSM sex life is much, much, hotter than any stupid book. My problem with their plan is that they seem to be demonizing BDSM sex. Just like vanilla sex, BDSM sex can be safe or it can be consensual. Just because “50 Shades” doesn’t give a good representation doesn’t mean all BDSM sex is bad.