50 Shades of Grey: A Perspective

Every 3rd post on Facebook is about 50 Shades of Grey. I thought I’d better add one because God help me if I’m not culturally relevant as a blogger. (bahahahah! I mean…I thought I’d start caring about being culturally relevant…TODAY!)

Don’t get me wrong. I get it. It’s a sexy topic. It’s controversial. And apparently we all have to have a position. A perspective. And I mean ALL…so far I’ve seen christians, atheists, lesbians, men, abused women, a dominatrix, and a virgin weigh in just in the last 2 days.

Well here’s my perspective in 10 bullets or less:

1. If you don’t like it, don’t read it or watch the movie.
The book is SO poorly written I couldn’t get past 50 pages. I do not abandon books so this is saying a lot. But if I’ve learned anything over the years, people love different things. And this is true of books and movies. People like stuff that is poorly written and then turned into a bad movie all the time. Case in point: The Da Vinci Code

2. Consenting adults should do what they want in their own bedrooms. 
Full stop. Nothing else to say here.

3. Abuse is bad.
Again…full stop. If you are scared of the person you live with, RUN LIKE HELL. If the person you have sex with makes you feel empty, bad, unsafe, or ashamed, LEAVE. If the sex itself is not pleasurable, STOP HAVING THAT KIND OF SEX!

4. Protesting “50 Shades” is not a cause. 
By the way…neither is a strong position against yoga pants. If you are concerned about the impact of this movie on domestic abuse or on sexual freedom…whatever side you are on…be concerned when the 15 minutes of fame for this book and movie is over and DO something about it. Get involved. Take action. And do not base having an opinion on this one moment in time and this one cultural conversation. If you want your life to have meaning, find something MEANINGFUL to support. Illiteracy, child hunger, homelessness, urban poverty, the environment, racial discrimination, clean water for all, animal abuse…this list is endless. The length of time for this movie to be interesting is NOT endless. Do something with longer term significance. Because 50 shades ain’t it people.

5-10. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz….
Sorry I dozed off. Apparently I don’t have 10 things to say about this topic. Because what else could their POSSIBLY be to say. I love people. I think sex is great. I think people should have opinions. And I think people should have great sex. But dear Baby Jesus…I’m so sick of this particular conversation. 

5. Oh wait…I just thought of something else I have to say about this topic. 
A confession… if Charlie Hunnam had been Christian Grey I might have at least watched this movie when it came to HBO in a year or two. Because I mean…look at him:


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