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Of all the places I’d expect to find a defence of “Fifty Shades”, the editorial page of the Sunday Times wasn’t one. Yet that was what it featured this past weekend, in a thought-provoking article entitled: “Under the swish of Grey’s cane is comfort reading posing as porn.’
It starts with the amusing revelation that of the 21,800 books left in Travelodge hotel rooms last year, some 7,000 were Fifty Shades. And it’s clear on the book’s limitations: “widely mocked as appalling written”. Author Minette Marrin explained: “Only the angry protests that it was a betrayal of feminism had aroused my interest.”
Its conclusions are interesting; “This is hardly a celebration of violence against women or female subordination, as some have claimed… [T]he book indulges (up to a safe and hygienic point) the feelings of women who don’t accept feminist strictures about female sexuality – who are intrigued by submission or who do not always want to wear the feminist trousers.’
I’m not sure I agree with the logic, mind. There’s a suggestion underlying that argument that being feminist and being submissive are somehow incompatible: that to explore the latter is somehow to betray the former. And that strikes me as fundamentally wrong. For a woman to take control of her own sexuality and explore it is an entirely feminist thing to do, surely?
Interesting stuff, anyway, on my train into London. And wonderful to see these issues being debated with tolerance so prominently.
PS a later article in the same issue interviewed the screenwriter who’s bringing Fifty Shades to the big screen. My favourite quote: “some of the sex scenes have had to be edited out in order to get some plot in”!!!