You can read the full articles by following the links, but in a nutshell Clare Phillipson, of Wearside Women in Need, thinks the book is disgusting and will lead to an increase in domestic violence against women. To prevent this happening She wants everyone (else) to rush out and buy a copy, drop it off to her, and She will set fire to it.
Cheezus wept. The Daily Mail article is a bit more in depth, in that it shows just how little understanding of domestic violence this woman actually has. I mean seriously, if you follow her line of thinking, the last 10 yrs should have seen a dramatic rise in children leaping out of windows protected by nothing more than a dusty bed sheet and a vileda supermop.
The fact that ’50 Shades of Grey’ is aimed at middle aged women with too much time and too little sex/brain cells seems to have passed this woman by. It’s called ‘Mommy Porn’ for a reason. Most of my female friends have read this series, as have most of their female friends. The only man I know that has even physically touched one of these books is my brother, it was the nearest thing to hand to kill a spider. I believe most men wouldn’t even consider reading ’50 Shades of Grey’, they simply couldn’t be bothered with all the romantic guff between the sex scenes. If they fancy a little S&M porn they just hit up the internet. Only women bother to pad out porn with love stories, I suspect it makes them feel a bit better about themselves. It’s not porn it’s literature.
On a more serious note, I always get annoyed when I hear someone chuffing on about domestic violence towards women, what about the men that are beaten and abused daily by their female partners?. The women beaten by their girlfriends, and men by their boyfriends?. Domestic violence happens in all walks of life. To focus on one group of victims really does make it harder for those outside that demographic to come forward and seek help. This woman claims to be an advocate for victims of domestic violence yet her tunnel vision regarding this subject does more harm than good. I have no statistics to back up my next statement but I’m still going to bet that the biggest single cause of domestic violence is the perpetrators (be they male or female) growing up in a household where domestic violence was par for the course. It has nothing to do with violent porn and even less to do with badly written ‘Mommy Porn’.
Disclaimer – I have not read ’50 Shades of Grey’, nor do I intend to. I find the idea of being tied up and beaten on the bottom with a riding crop about as sexually alluring as a threesome with Bernard Manning and Gordon Brown.**
*I think it was the blogger Obo who made the word ‘Wimmin’ popular, when describing a certain type of female. He definitely came up with the term ‘Wittering Cl**’ to describe a certain type of zealous yet pointless female. I think Clare Phillipson is most certainly a wittering cl**.
** You’re welcome 🙂