The Falcon | Volume 83, Issue 52
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Published: November 14, 2012
I was surprised when I turned the page of the Falcon to see an column focusing on the popular fan-fiction-turned “novel,” also known as Fifty Shades of Grey. I assumed that the article would address the controversy surrounding the book ... oh how wrong I was. What I began to read was about how this piece of “literature” (I can hardly bring myself to call it that) can actually help women better understand their own sexuality.
Now let me first say that the idea behind this column was a good one. It is true that sex and sexuality are kept very hush hush in the Christian community and that we need to speak more openly about them to allow young women (and men) to make mature, educated choices about their own lives.
However, saying that Fifty Shades can educate young women on sex and help them discover their own preferences regarding sexuality is akin to showing porn videos to young people and expecting them to mature from it. Porn is not an example of real sexuality. It is an artificial, rehearsed, over-the-top version of what sex is meant to be. Fifty Shades of Grey is simply that -- artificial, graphic porn thinly veiled by a ripped-off story line of an “average girl” who becomes obsessed with an unhealthy relationship. I simply don’t understand why an article praising this book, let alone recommending that “SPU women should read it,” ended up in the Falcon.