Comment: Fifty Shades of Grey - the opposite of feminism?
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Coined ‘mummy porn’, the trilogy, which originally started as Twilight fan fiction, has broken print sales records across the globe and has ignited discussion so widespread it is impossible to avoid - as is the controversy. Just a simple Google search leads to countless strands of thought on the novels, from ones heralding it as the most liberating, feminist literature of our generation, ones scathing of EL James’ submissive ‘heroine’, to ones disgruntled at the coinage ‘mummy porn’. Many have deemed this novel the opposite of feminism, but is it? Feminists have been scathing concerning the submissive qualities of protagonist Anastasia Steele. She is presented as an innocent 24-year-old virgin, raised on love stories, pure until she meets dark Christian, raised on danger and lust. Fifty Shades has exaggerated the roles, Anastasia repeatedly saying she adores the romance of English literature, Christian raised by a crack addict mother, used as an ashtray by her partner. Why can’t she be stronger and resist his ‘bad boy’ nature? Some have even written that the book is a demonstration of how women can’t handle equality, suggesting we instead enjoy submission.
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