Fifty Shades of Grey (book)

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Fifty Shades of Grey is a pornographic, capitalism-fetishism novel written by E. L. James.

The book sold more than the Bible.

The, “sexy part”, is supposed to be the fact that the female protagonist sells herself to a wealthy capitalist. The book proves many would sell themselves to wealthy people en masse, if allowed, in a country with high wealth inequality. The book also proves that being a complete square in dating isn’t an automatic disqualifier. The book was adapted into a 2015 film version.


Christian and Ana from the movie adaptation

This book that billions of people masturbated over is about a female college student named, “Ana”, agreeing to sign herself into a sex slavery contract with a wealthy capitalist named, “Christian”.

The book is mostly about Ana’s discovery of BDSM, concluding in a belt whipping scene. While she ultimately decided she was not compatible with Christian at the end, she spends most of the book in a submissive BDSM relationship with Christian.

Sociological Background[edit]

This book came about four years after the Great Financial Recession.

The book was originally written as a fanfiction of a romance book about a woman falling in love with a vampire.

Jordan Peterson claims the book was a reaction to increased gender equality around the globe. Other cultural critics claimed the book was a reaction to the financial recession. While others attributed the book’s success it to a continued loss of sexual taboos in society around sugar babies, driven by high college debt and diminished female economic prospects (women selling themselves: see Seeking Arrangements).



The following passage illustrates the poor writing quality as well as the comically dominating male personality so many people find sexy nowadays.

“Firstly, I don’t make love. I fuck... hard. Secondly, there’s a lot more paperwork to do, and thirdly, you don’t yet know what you’re in for. You could still run for the hills. Come, I want to show you my playroom.” My mouth drops open. Fuck hard! Holy shit, that sounds so... hot. But why are we looking at a playroom? I am mystified. “You want to play on your Xbox?” I ask. He laughs, loudly. "No, Anastasia, no Xbox, no Playstation. Come."
—Excerpt from Fifty Shades of Grey
Put the chicken in the fridge. This is not a sentence I had ever expected to hear from Christian, and only he can make it sound hot, really hot.
Christian Grey just sent me a winking smiley... Oh my.
Grabbing it quickly, I squirt toothpaste on it and brush my teeth in double quick time. I feel so naughty. It’s such a thrill.
I must be the color of the communist manifesto.
Suppose he returns with a cane, or some weird kinky implement?

Somehow not extreme enough for some[edit]

Humbled Females[ext], a female submissive community, describes the film version of Christian Grey as “the Disneyland dom”, and didn’t consider the woman to be truly submissive enough in the film, despite being stalked and abused in the film:

Beyond image, where in this film is Christian Grey really dominant at all, aside from the entitlements afforded him through money? We see him chasing after Anastasia Steele, a woman who, despite her waking desires, repeatedly denies him (a common romantic cliché). In the wake of her rejections and sarcastic remarks, he chases her like a cross between a stalker, a wounded puppy, and a well dressed front-door salesman. …
Sassy Steele’s domineering and passive-aggressive vibe is tiresomely obvious throughout the film. So obvious, in fact, that no self-respecting dominant male I know of (real dominant men, mind you) would put up with her sneers, snide remarks, eye rolling, and condescending jabs. It’s here where I see the usual girl power scripting of Hollywood, likely uncomfortable with the subject matter to begin with, tinkering more than a little with her character to make her „hipper“ and more palatable to the public’s genteel standards.



The movie version of the book was protested by at least two feminists in NYC, under their organization, “Stop Patriarchy”. They criticized the movie as patriarchal, degrading to women, and promoting violence against women.[1]

UK and Norway[edit]

Maoists, leftists, dominatrices, anti-pornography feminists, and traditional conservatives in the UK and Norway also picketed the movie.[2]

A UK protest equated Christian to a rapist, predator, and abuser.[3] The protests seemed to have been widespread, but each individual protest was small in numbers.

The book was protested in Norway on the grounds of it not portraying a gender equal relationship. It was also protested there for promoting violence against women. Organizations protesting it in Norway included, “Stopp Pornokulturen”, the feminist group, “Kvinnefronten”, “the Norwegian Association for Women’s Right”, “Ottar”, and “Oslo Crisis Center”, an domestic abuse crisis center.[4]

Movie caused increased female porn consumption[edit]

Diana Parry and Tracy Penny Light from the University of Waterloo wrote an academic paper studying female porn consumption habits. The authors concluded the book and movie brought more women into pornography consumption.

One of the things that jumped out at us from that research was that so many of the women were hopping in for the first time to pornography or sexually explicit material that was written by women for women. It got women moving from the book [„50 Shades of Grey“] into consuming other types of books, but also sexually explicit material that’s online
—U. Waterloo researchers[5]

Comparison to “The Story of O”[edit]

50 shades wasn’t the only BDSM fiction to hit the mainstream and be turned into a mainstream movie. The other largest example was the 1954 book, called, “The Story of O”, later adapted into a movie in 1975.[6] Unlike 50 shades, the submissive nature of the woman was predicated on her having sex with any man, and not just one wealth person. Here we see that the most popular BDSM fiction of the mid-20th-century was much more incel friendly than the most popular BDSM fiction of the 2010s.

In “The Story of O”, the woman was a public utility, sort of like an exaggerated free-love. In 50 shades of Grey, the woman is literal contractual property of a wealthy man, and by virtue of him being wealthy. Serious cultural regression.



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