Fifty Shades of Grey Strips Naked the Rape Culture Myth

It is curious to observe how films like Fifty Shades of Grey*, which has grossed $400 million worldwide in a little over two weeks time, fits within the context of the rape culture hysteria.


There are countless examples of why rape culture is a myth intended to justify aggression and coercion via the state against other people, but this movie and the book which it is based on in particular are effective in demonstrating how the numerous claims don’t match reality – in fact, it might be their one redeeming quality, the tiny sliver of a silver lining.

Obviously not every woman watched or liked this book/film, and yes, there has been opposition from certain quarters protesting the violence portrayed against the naive, innocent female protagonist.

But that misses the point, which is that a novel written by a woman about a man who engages in abusive sexual behavior against an impressionable young woman sold 100 million copies, and the readers were overwhelming women, giving rise to the nickname “mommy porn.”

It was fun to watch cultural leftists flop around like a fish out of water as they struggled to determine what the allowable opinion on the matter should be. On one hand, the story at its core is about a man dominating a woman in an abusive manner; on the other hand, it was written by a female author who has become “empowered” by the incredible book/film sales, and it’s a story about woman “exploring” her sexuality, i.e. sex positivism.

In other words, the story isn’t as important as the gender of the person who wrote it. Imagine if this film and the book it was based off of had been written by a male author for a male audience.

Same story, maybe told from the perspective of the man, but written by a male author for a male audience. How would the society react?

I think we all know the answer.

The story would be looked at from an entirely different perspective. Among other things, the whole “non-disclosure” agreement the man pressures the woman to sign would be regarded as a technicality within the plot to avoid making the man a rapist as defined by new Orwellian “yes means yes” laws on sex. It would be considered “rape porn” and there would be entire campaigns to keep it out of theaters and bookstores. Boycotts of the film would be organized by NOW. Any man who watched it would be intimidated outside of the theater, accused of being a rapists, and have their photographs posted on social media to shame them or retaliate against them.

Whatever you can say about this film/book, I think it’s fair to assume that not one of the women who bought the book or watched the film has ever been raped.

Let me explain why.

I have friends who fought in the Iraq Conflict and suffer from PTSD as a result of their experience. They cannot watch any modern war movies or shows like Band of Brothers. It’s too realistic and hits too close to home. It involuntarily brings up bad memories.

In other words, they do not like watching things that are similar to what they experienced.

According to an article by Jezebel, the typical theater goer at the screening they attended of Fifty Shades of Grey were young women in their 20s.

This is the same demographic we’re supposed to believe is being raped in droves at college campuses, the epicenters of a “rape culture.” Yet they still eagerly line up to see a film that, in so many ways, reflects the type of abuses they or other women they know supposedly suffered at the hands of college men.

I will, of course, be told the film and book are fiction and a mere fantasy. Therefore, it should not be taken seriously. That, of course, makes no sense, and it would not pass muster if the same thing was said about men, had the story been written by a male author for a male audience.

If we truly lived in a rape culture, this book wouldn’t have sold more than a handful of copies. It certainly wouldn’t have sold 100 million. It wouldn’t have been made into a film and go on to gross $400 million. Above all, though, even if it all of this happened, the people paying to read the story and watch it on the big screen would not be the same people we’re told are victims of a culture in which it is acceptable for men to coerce or outright force them into sexual activity.

And even above that, it wouldn’t have been written by a woman.

*Note: I have never opened the book or seen the film. My knowledge is based off of Wikipedia articles and movie reviews. The universal consensus is that it is a terribly-written piece of literary trash.

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