50 Shades of Grey - Study on Women Who Read It
50 Shades of Grey, written by, E L James, was a book that was an instant success. Women all over the country couldn't put it down. It spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times, bestseller list. The book featured a form of erotica between a couple, their story, life and explorations into BDSM. According to a recent study done at the Michigan, State University, women who read this book were more likely to have abusive relationships, and struggle with unhealthy dieting.
The study found that amongst female readers between the ages of 18 - 24, 25% were more likely to have verbally abusive partners, 75% have taken dieting to extreme, and 34% were likely to be with a partner who exhibits a 'stalking' personality. The books plot and story line uses stategies on the main character, Anasasta, that are typical of abused women. As the story progresses, Anastasia begins to feel a loss of her own identity, fear, uncertainty, and an increasing feeling of helplessness.
In many ways the book promotes the violent side of sexuality. Young women who are just learning about their own sexual side tend to be curious, naive and heavily influenced by what they read. The story line portrays BDSM (Discipline-Dominance-and Submission-Sadism-Masochism) in a positive, acceptable, pleasurable manner. Most people are unaware of this side of sexuality. Those who participate in BDSM often have personality disorders, and rarely is it a mild, positive thing. The demands of BDSM sometimes leads to aggressive violent behavior that can lead to sexual crimes, accidents and often murder.
Most women who read the book, however, do so for entertainment, and escape from daily life. The books scandalous nature makes it even more appealing. And it does delve into areas of women's sexuality in an honest, open way.
Have you read this book? What do you think?
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