Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have most likely heard about the book that is causing quite a stir in the skirts of many women called "50 Shades of Grey." Being dubbed as "mommy porn," this deliciously explicit story written by E.L. James has awakened the sexual minds of women all over the world. In a recent interview, James alluded to the fact that his book was written for "fun" and was basically a diary of her sexual fantasies. Who knew that it would explode like it did? (pardon the term.)
Anything that is sexual always seems to be considered taboo, even in this day. Especially if it curls the toes of the most modest of soccer-moms & good girls. I am neither of those. I enjoy a good, juicy fantasy. What's funny is that this book has rekindled the fire in many women's relationships, which is a very good thing in my book. From twenty-somethings to silver hairs, "50 Shades of Grey" is considered "acceptable" porn. Another thing that confuses me. Pornography has been around a long time, and is mostly considered a "guy thing." I admit, I have never been afraid of porn. It has always intrigued me a bit. Does this make me a slut? No. Women are really funny when it comes to embracing their own sexuality. Surely, you cannot admit enjoying reading about this play-by-play account of a young girl being thrust into a secret world of S&M and this dominant/submissive relationship. Didn't you ever see 9 1/2 weeks? Same premise with a very hot & sexy Mickey Rourke (before he got all spray tanned & busted) Who wasn't on fire watching that little gem?
This is being considered an "erotic novel." I love euphemisms. It's porn, ladies. Say it out loud with me! Barnes & Noble has never been so happy. Ladies walking in there with big sunglasses on, like it was V.I.P or something, grabbing this book off the shelves faster than they can print them. Women proclaiming the this is the "best book they have ever read!" Funny how sex does that. It has also been said to "unnerve some guys." Ha! Empowerment at it's best. No longer do we have to pin our sexual fantasies to cheesy Jackie Collins books & Harlequin romances. (icky...Fabio!) I guess it takes a good spanking or two to ring everyone bell. It has been compared to the Twilight series, in it's similar "secret" world & forbidden love theme. Vampires & S&M? Maybe that should be in the next book?
When I went out to buy this book, I was in Wal-Mart at the time. I asked the women stocking the books if they had it. She replied "Wal-Mart has decided not to carry that book." I said "funny, I can by a gun here but not a book with a little sex in it?" I found that humorous, as did she. I figured with all the pent up mothers shopping there they would make a killing. But it's not to be I guess.
Women & porn has always been like oil & water. Women are not supposed to like it, but all their men wished they did. I mean. what are we talking about here? Light-off & missionary, I guess. That is what many women think they are supposed to represent. Reading a book about some that disturbs & excites you must be bad, right? WRONG! Fantasy is just that..fantasy. You can transport yourself. Isn't that what books & movies are for? What's the big deal?
If you have not read this book, I suggest you get in that minivan and go get it. Tonight! It isn't War & Peace, but I gotta tell you, it is a good read if you let yourself take it for what it is. Go forth ladies..and maybe you could stop at V.I.P. afterwards? Just a thought.