Mommy Porn: "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Mommy Porn: "Fifty Shades of Grey"

How realistic is it?

A disclaimer: I may be the only woman in the entire state that I live in who hasn’t yet read the bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James. The book is on every grocery store rack right next to the Snapple coolers and on the tongues of housewives everywhere.

I got into a discussion about “Fifty Shades of Grey” at a family gathering. My cousin, who probably would have read the book in Junior High, informed me that “Fifty Shades of Gray” was about a virgin college student who ends up falling in love with a wealthier man into light S & M. She also informed me that “Fifty Shades of Grey” was known in certain circles as “Mommy Porn,” a genre that previously meant Harelequin romances.

We then started discussing how realistic the book was. Are there any college graduates any more from state schools who are virgins? Would a virgin really be open to light S & M, sadism, and the like? Aren’t bikini waxes painful enough?

That’s as far as I’m willing to disclose about our family discussion about the book, but I did do a little sleuthing about “Fifty Shades of Grey” to see what other women had to say about the latest set of books to sweep the mom demographic since “Twilight.”

Most of the talk seemed to focus on why women are reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Across the board, everyone agreed that the popularity of  “Fifty Shades of Grey” was because of the sex.

Actress Liz Olsen told a Hollywood gossip rag that she thinks the book is empowering because “more women are getting into bondage” and that the book’s incredible amount of popularity is because “women need to watch more porn.”

Liz Olsen isn’t the only one who is thinking along those lines. I think the idea is that the book is giving women some sexual material to read that is permissible because it’s in the mainstream media. 

That said, I’m a little scared by this clip from the “Today Show” where one of the hosts says that some women are “sick of sex,” which is why they are liking this book. I’m guessing that the women who already don’t enjoy sex aren’t going to enjoy sex in which they have even less opportunity to move or where they have less control and that reading a book about bondage won’t be quite enough to save a struggling marriage.

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