50 Shades of Grey- A Review

Two posts for today because I don’t want to wait until next week.

The following is the most thorough, well thought out review I have read on a work of fiction.

Fifty Shades of Grey: A Review from a Biblical Perspective

I have had the opportunity to talk, in length, with the reviewer over the last few months as she’s worked on this project. She was troubled that no review written from a Biblical perspective, by a person who had a read the book, seemed to exist. And when a book is the fastest selling paperback book to date, with a movie coming out, this is a gaping hole.

If you have been curious about this book, or the upcoming movie, I highly suggest reading the above review. A small portion:

Why is Fifty Shades of Grey so popular?

There are many women who love Fifty Shades of Grey for the exciting element they say it adds to their sex lives. Other women call it porn, like it as porn, and make no other defense as to why they read and enjoy the books. E.L. James herself said she doesn’t know why her books are selling so insanely fast, that it was just her own personal “mid-life crisis” fantasy [5]. But when asked if she thought women secretly desired to be submissive, she answered with, “Possibly, yes. You’re in charge of your job, your house, your children, getting food on the table and doing all of this all of the time, it’d be nice for someone else to be in charge for a bit.” [5]

But Grey’s in-chargeness should not be viewed as a positive or desired image of leadership. Whereas Biblical leadership lies in the husband’s sacrifice to give himself to his wife and to seek her best interests, Grey’s dominance is just greedy possession of Ana as a means to an end. Similarly, Ana isn’t submissive because of the love and trust built between her and Grey, she’s merely silenced into a pattern of passivity and docile acceptance.

Fifty Shades of Grey paints an image for women that being devalued and used is desirable. It perpetuates the idea that true masculinity means being uncontrollably violent. (Both of these concepts perpetuate the problem of downplaying the seriousness of rape.) Fifty Shades speaks of an exclusively selfish and manipulative definition of “love.”

If women want a strong man, they would not want Christian Grey, because it takes more strength to love than to harm. If women want a man that showcases true masculinity, they do not want Christian Grey, because true masculinity lies in self-control, taking responsibility, and caring for the weak and timid — not exploiting them.

Ending note: If you have been one of the people the author has talked to about this project, please do not mention her name in the comments. Thank you.

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