The Obligatory 50 Shades Of Grey Post (Includes Gender Rant & What Rocks My Heart-Shaped World)

If you were under a rock last week, you missed all the ruckus surrounding the release of the trailer for the film version of 50 Shades Of Grey. (The film won’t be out until Valentines’ Day, 2015; but one must milk what they can.)

Overwhelmed? Underwhelmed? Me, I’m so “Meh.” But then again, I still have not read the book; I’ve long been into smut, don’t need to hide it, and, frankly, prefer my erotic works to be well-written. However, I did spot something in the press coverage…

In Eilis O’Hanlon’s article Nothing Beats Going Grey For Those Lusty Ladies Who Lunch at The Independent, this line from the feed seduced me:

Nothing exposes hypocrisy more than our different attitudes to sex.

That made me more than curious. I felt I might even applaud. But then, like the hoopla about 50 Shades itself, I was to be disappointed.

What followed that promising line was this:

So ladies, next time you find something dodgy on his internet history, don’t judge, and don’t nag. You have your fantasies about Christian Grey. He has a filter-free search engine on his laptop. What’s the difference?

What’s worse, that was where the article ended.


Why, why, why do people have this assumption that women, the lunching variety or no, are all judging and nagging their gents about their consumption of erotic materials?! Eilis ~ a woman ~ should know better.

If O’Hanlon’s attitude there weren’t bad enough, how’s this bit about the vast numbers of women who read the book:

it was one which women undertook in a mostly male-free environment, because the chaps weren’t that bothered by Fifty Shades Of Grey. They’d been happily enjoying erotica for years. Or porn, as they more honestly called it. They didn’t need a Rolex with their sex, or to have their appetites endorsed by pseudo-scholarly articles in the broadsheets outlining deconstructionist theories of female desire.

How’s that for exposing gender stereotyping and hypocrisy? Ugh.

Oh, and while I’m ranting…

I’ve nothing against Beyoncé or her revamped (slower) version of Crazy in Love. But I quite prefer this trailer with music by Carolina Wallace ~ a mashup of Infinity & Wicked Game. Then again, I’m old enough to have lusted through Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game. It continues to rocked my Heart Shaped World.

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