The 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon

 
It was just about time I would jump on the bandwagon and write about 50 Shades of Grey. Or, better said, I would write against 50 Shades of Grey.
 
It all started with a fan fiction inspired by the Twilight series, then it turned into a self-published novel with its own characters, and then it went viral and got two sequels in the best-seller list, neither of those I read. I am not interested in reading an erotic novel with a submissive female and dominant male character, and I can’t understand why all women who usually react with indignation to porn reading the book in public, totally fine with being part of a community of women with a saved sexual life. It is not a matter of feminism like for many; I just can’t identify with a submissive female character (which after a life as Dorian Gray and Stephen Wraysford would be auspicated), and it would kill my sexual life more than take it back to its sparkles.
 
The fuss about 50 Shades of Grey is something I don’t understand, especially as erotic literature dates back to ancient times. Have you ever noticed how ambiguous it is the Song of Songs in the Bible? There is that scene in Once Upon a Time in America with the young Deborah playing on Noodles’ feelings for her when they should be at Temple by reading the Bible with the excuse of praying together.
 
18th-century France saw an obsession with erotic literature that is similar to this universal craziness about 50 Shades of Grey, and it was not only the Marquis de Sade from which the practices so much loved by the Grey of the novel take the name. However, I have my doubts we would find the same philosophical background we can find in Sade in 50 Shades of Grey. The author herself stated in an interview on the NBC that she put all her fantasies in it, and that she thinks Christian Grey is what women want in fantasy while in reality, they want someone who does the dishes. While I wouldn’t make a universal claim like this, as I don’t care about who does the dishes in real life, and I don’t fantasize about being submissive so Christian Grey is not my sexual ideal, it makes sense to me that women feel now a need to express their far from innocent needs. This is a point that was raised by other journalists about the views on regular porn from the same women who now are obsessed with 50 Shades of Grey, but I disagree with the conclusion. It’s not always porn, the same porn your husband watches, and you dislike him to watch (if you fall in the the category they address). This is writing, not images. It stimulates your fantasy, while the people in video porn have a specific face and shape and sometimes a recognisable name. The women who read 50 Shades of Grey will picture their dominant Christian Grey as Michael Fassbender, the colleague they fancy at work, or a renewed version of their husband when he still didn’t show off a beer belly that looks like a four-month pregnant womb.
 
This novel is not the first attempt to make porn suitable for the female minds, which is precisely Erika Lust’s aim in her red-light cinematography. However, the Spanish based director did not go viral, and she did not go viral in a country like America. In my opinion, that’s because her porn is still too similar to the one men watch, in the fact it is something you watch. It is evidently out there, and it still makes women blush. The fantasies you have when reading 50 Shades of Grey are not, and women are not ashamed to be seen carrying around a book everyone knows it’s about sado-masochistic sex, or ask for it in a bookshop. It’s not like you are watching the recording of a couple of exhibitionists posting on the Internet what they do in their bedroom, as the new trend seems to be that. It’s not as bold as that, besides science proving that men are generally more visual beings than women. It may be a start on the way to an equal treatment of women in a very controversial part of life, if you like.