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50 shades of no plot and misogynists

Emily writes about why she won't be going to see the latest instalment of 50 Shades

Written by Emily Garber and posted in opinion

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The second film installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James, Fifty Shades Darker by is hitting cinemas tomorrow, but I won't be seeing it.

James' sucked her readers into the lives of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in 2011, and gained even more fans by its film adaptation in 2015.

The book sold over 100 million copies worldwide and it is the fastest selling series of its publishing house, Random House

However, even with all of its popularity there are still many critiques about the book. Amy Bonomi, professor and chairperson of Michigan State University's department of human development and family studies said that, "emotional and sexual abuse is pervasive in the novel."  

Many of my family and friends have read the trilogy and like millions of others, loved it. So I read Fifty Shades of Grey to make my own opinions about the conflict at hand and I cannot bring myself to finish the trilogy for many reasons.

It has no plot or conflict. As a creative writing major, this was the first thing I noticed about the novel. What is at stake for either main character except for not having (abusive and controlling) sex anymore? What is at risk for Anastasia in the novel is what she should want to gain back, her freedom.

Christian Grey's story line, or lack thereof, is even more disturbing. The only thing he has to lose in the first novel is his "submissive". Any reader of the book or viewer of the film knows that he will have no problem finding another, so why fight for Anastasia? Fifty Shades of Grey objectifies women and makes a misogynist a hero.

It is no surprise that the trilogy is such a hit, it is legal pornography. E.L. James definitely gave the readers what they want but did so by setting a false example of what true love and psychical intimacy with someone is like.

This Valentine’s Day don’t be fooled by the dehumanizing relationships and misogynists that The 50 Shades of Grey trilogy encourages. 

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Published February 9th, 2017
Last updated February 23rd, 2018
Tags movies film relationships emotional abuse
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