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Saturday, July 14, 2012

"Where there's muck there's brass" : 'Fifty Shades of Grey' : A tale of Pornography

     When I was in W H Smiths the other day I noticed a group of women by a display placed near the sales counter. They were all talking excitedly about the book on display which was 'Fifty Shades of Grey' written by E L James. This book has been labelled as 'mummy-porn', and it is sweeping the best-seller lists. For this reason many of you may be tempted to buy it and see what all the fuss is about.
     Well, let me tell you what the fuss is about. This is what ABC News have summarised about the book:
"Anastasia Steele, 21, and a virginal college student, can't say no to dashing 27-year-old Christian Grey, who insists she sign a contract that allows him to submit her to his every sadomasochistic whim. In their first sexual encounter, Grey unveils his silver tie and binds her wrists in knots, and Steele does as she is told. He is also fabulously rich, a telecommunications tycoon, and uses his wealth to take care of her like a pampered princess. "Ana," as he calls her, willingly and excitedly agrees to spanking, whipping and gagging, with props like ice, rope, tape—a repertoire right out of a BDSM [bondage, discipline, dominance and submission] manual. Grey instructs her to call him, "sir" and sets rules on everything from her diet to her most intimate grooming routines."
     So there you have it. It's pornography, dressed up slightly by those with a vested financial interest to create the impression that it's okay and just a little harmless reading --- but it's not!
     If you are tempted to buy it and read it then just ask yourself if you would place it next to the Bible on the bookshelf without any pangs of guilt.

     Well, the expression "Where there's muck there's brass" certainly applies in this case, for the author has already made several million from writing and peddling this filth, and stands to make much more. However, the time of reckoning will eventually come of course.

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