“Fifty Shades of Grey.” More Like Fifty Types of Denial.

I’ve received several questions via email about a new erotic trilogy called Fifty Shades of Grey, a story about a young college woman (and a virgin) who enters into a contract with a businessman whereby he has total control of her life while she participates in a submissive sexual relationship with him. The book takes place in Seattle (my current hometown) and involves explicit descriptions of sexual encounters including bondage and S&M.

Apparently, it’s become quite a hit and women everywhere are devouring (no pun intended) the series, including women of faith.

Some quick thoughts–

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  • Joannie

    Unfortunately, all of this is a sad and tragic result of the rejection of Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical which predicted this. How so? He said that first of all it would lead to a lowering of Morality. Hello! Did you get that? This is a perfect example of this Pope Paul was correct. Then he said it would turn woman into “objects of gratification” Again he was correct. Even the disgraced Fr Corapi said on EWTN 2 years the “moral meltdown” of the Culture is due to the ignoring of this important moral teaching which happens to be “infallible” because it deals with either Faith or Morals. Everything felt apart in the west after 1968 because of this mentality. It is not just a matter of entertainment or reading taste. This is the “Dictatorship of Relatism” that the Pope has stated time and again.

  • Erica

    I am so ashamed that these books are popular, and that so many women are proud of the fact they’re reading such smut. I do realize I sound like a grandma right now (I’m 24), but c’mon, ladies! Have a sense of decorum! I would not waste a minute of my life reading poorly written junk. I’m working on Mere Christianity and Pride and Prejudice right now, thankyouverymuch.

  • AMH

    I concur and wrote so on my own blog: http://learningtolisteneachday.blogspot.com/2012/04/different-shade-of-me.html

    I’m equally troubled by the movie “Magic Mike” as well. I’ve lost count of how many people I know who saw that movie this weekend. Definitely NOT on my must-see list.

  • 4Marks


    Kudos to you! You are 100% correct!

  • Sunny

    I have to tell you. I started reading the books because I thought it was a HUGE over exaggeration… Turns out, it wasn’t. It is full on, out and out, erotica at some parts. That being said;

    Parts of the story have some good elements. It’s gotten entertaining for me and I have started tuning out the sex scenes. They no longer make me go, “Oh my goodness,” and blush, they make me go, “OK, search for the end of this so it gets back to the story.” I finished the second book last night. It ended in a cliff hanger, and I plan on reading the 3rd book, because it’s the train wreck that I can’t look away from. I even cried a bit at some of the parts describing the horrific early childhood that the lead male had.

    It is by no means a masterpiece. It isn’t very well written. Frankly, the “Twilight Saga,” elements are very clear to me. (Because it started as “Twilight,” fan-fic.) It is purely, entertaining. (To me. I cannot judge what it does to/for other women.)

    I think that the effect that this has on people, really depends on the personality, and WHY they are reading it. I’m not reading it as a means to make my sex life with my husband better. I’m not reading it to get some sort of sexual satisfaction out of it, at all. I am reading it to see what all the hype was a about. And, it gloriously, well, AWFUL.

    I agree, what goes in, comes out. And this a series that has me laughing out loud at the audacity, crying at parts that really touch me, and going, “Seriously, that’s just terrible. How could you even write that?” It is what it is. If people don’t want to read it they shouldn’t. But this is something that can purely be taken at face value as a TERRIBLY written, erotic novel, with a somewhat entertaining story line.

    • Sunny

      I realize this sounds contradictory to your blog post… Trust me it is not. I agree with you. It’s terrible, and if taken the wrong way can be detrimental to someone’s psyche… Did I mention it’s TERRIBLY written?



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