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50 Shades of Grey - Study on Women Who Read It

50 Shades of Grey, written by, E L James, was a book that was an instant success. Women all over the country couldn't put it down. It spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times, bestseller list. The book featured a form of erotica between a couple, their story, life and explorations into BDSM. According to a recent study done at the Michigan, State University, women who read this book were more likely to have abusive relationships, and struggle with unhealthy dieting.

The study found that amongst female readers between the ages of 18 - 24, 25% were more likely to have verbally abusive partners, 75% have taken dieting to extreme, and 34% were likely to be with a partner who exhibits a 'stalking' personality. The books plot and story line uses stategies on the main character, Anasasta, that are typical of abused women. As the story progresses, Anastasia begins to feel a loss of her own identity, fear, uncertainty, and an increasing feeling of helplessness.

In many ways the book promotes the violent side of sexuality. Young women who are just learning about their own sexual side tend to be curious, naive and heavily influenced by what they read. The story line portrays BDSM (Discipline-Dominance-and Submission-Sadism-Masochism) in a positive, acceptable, pleasurable manner. Most people are unaware of this side of sexuality. Those who participate in BDSM often have personality disorders, and rarely is it a mild, positive thing. The demands of BDSM sometimes leads to aggressive violent behavior that can lead to sexual crimes, accidents and often murder.

Most women who read the book, however, do so for entertainment, and escape from daily life. The books scandalous nature makes it even more appealing. And it does delve into areas of women's sexuality in an honest, open way.

Have you read this book? What do you think?

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BarbRad wrote on September 10, 2014, 4:00 AM

I have not read the book, but now i know I don't need to. It would not appeal to me at all if it's as you describe it. I am happily married and so not into these kinds of behavior.

melody23 wrote on September 10, 2014, 4:47 AM

I read it just to see what all the fuss was about really, it had been on the best seller list for a good while by that point and I figured there had to be a reason. I ended up reading all three of them because I had to know how the story ended, if you take away all the BDSM stuff its a lovely story.

MegL wrote on September 10, 2014, 6:33 AM

No, I haven't read the book and it never did appeal to me, thank goodness, from your review! I don't like the "psychological thriller" type of book and it seems that this book might fit into that category. When my eldest son was doing his school exams, he had to read and comment on a book (NOT this one) that was a psychological thriller and I felt the book itself, although there was no overt violence or anything sexual in it was not suitable for young people. Reading it (I am a voracious reader and used to read sauce bottle labels!) left me feeling "grubby".

GemOfAGirl wrote on September 12, 2014, 3:17 AM

Like Melody23, I read the first one to see what all the fuss was about, but unlike her, I spared myself the agony of reading the second and third ones. The writing's atrocious. It could have been written by a 12-year-old with too much carnal knowledge. Part of what irritated me was that the protagonist is supposed to be a writer, but her vocabulary is horribly stunted and immature, and too many phrases are repeated far too often because E.L. James apparently lacks a thesaurus.

Pogonotomy wrote on September 16, 2014, 2:03 PM

I've read all the books in this series and while I appreciate that the BDSM culture was getting more exposure (I don't participate in the life style but it is nice to see that maybe people are more open minded nowadays), the characters in the book annoyed me.

oldies909 wrote on September 28, 2014, 8:23 PM

I have read the books and love them. Can't wait for the movie to come out!

Galeforcewinds wrote on February 16, 2015, 4:34 PM

While I can't agree with this article, I do agree with the fact that this book is entirely damaging to women. I also know that it is totally opposite to what the BDSM lifestyle is. I lived that lifestyle for almost 20 years and if anything it gave me the chance to learn to trust men once again after a harrowing incident. Had it not been for BDSM and a wonderful Dominant there is no way I could have ever put my trust in any man ever.