Musings and Snoozes

Here, have a rant instead!

on February 9, 2015

So in the absence of an actual fibro related post, I’m going to cross post from my other blog. The two rarely meet due to their somewhat differing subject matter, but as this is topical right know, it seemed like a good idea to rant.

I’ll be honest, I’ve kept quiet about this subject up until now. I didn’t really see the point of joining in the argument, given that my overriding opinion on most things in literature is if you don’t like it, just don’t read it. However, with the release of the film due any day now (yes, you’ve probably worked out where I’m going with this) my tumblr feed had been overflowing with posts on what an outrage Fifty Shades is, the abusive behaviour of a certain Christian Grey, and how it’s such an utterly unrealistic portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle.

And that there is my problem. Last time I checked fiction was exactly that; not real, made up, imagined, a fantasy of some sort. There must be a million other books out there, all made up, all the product of the author’s imagination, and all probably as equally badly written, but they don’t get so publicly flogged (excuse the pun). So just because this one happens to deal with a topic that we as a society aren’t particularly comfortable with, we have to find ways to attack it instead.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending the writing here, (it’s pretty bloody awful), I’m not defending the questionable abusive behaviour going on (really Anastasia, tell him to go fuck himself when he won’t let you see your friends), nor am I suggesting that anyone who’s ever considered a slightly kinkier sex life should take the book as an instruction manual and go out and buy up the local diy store, BUT, it’s just a book! Not only that but it’s a self proclaimed bit of glorified fanfic, a pure and utter fantasy. As far as I know it was never written to be a social commentary or a lifestyle that women should strive for, so why are we treating it so? I’d be more worried if it were the author herself going round telling all women they should be submissive slaves to their rich husbands, and god knows there are a frightening number of preaching women out there who do believe this, but instead she’s just written a book full of smutty sex scenes with a bit of romantic subplot thrown in and made a metric fuck ton of money out of it. Good for her! She’s even made the general public actually talk about kinky fuckery and to be honest, if it makes one more couple open up to each other and decide that actually nipple clamps might be quite fun, then I reckon that’s a bonus.

So here’s to Fifty Shades of Grey, in all its badly written glory. Try and keep it in perspective people and if you don’t like it, just go and buy a nice Mills and Boon, eh?


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