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Different strokes: Viewers disagree on ’50 Shades’

by Kenzie Kesselring

Friday’s release of the movie adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” has caused some controversy between women who have been anxiously awaiting the movie and women who find it to be obscene and abusive.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” originally caused a lot of media buzz when the first book was released in 2012. Women flocked to their local Books-A-Million to purchase the sexually charged piece of literature. The trilogy was published throughout 2012 and 2013.

The love story between the main characters, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, begin in book one with kinky S&M sex scenes that take up the majority of the pages in all three books.
There are two sides to every coin, and “50 Shades of Grey” is no exception.

Many women who read the books and saw the movie loved it. It encouraged them to be more liberal with their own sexuality.

However, others detested the book and believed it promoted abusive and unsafe sex.

The women who read the series or saw the movie and were inspired to expand their sexual palette deserve a shout-out for being open to trying new things. They should remain unashamed of their love for this well-written book series.

As for the women who detested the series and found it vulgar, the best advice is to put down the book and forget you ever read it.

These women deserve a shout-out as well for deciding to see what the series was all about, but when they decided they didn’t like the books, that should have been the end to their Fifty Shades talk.

Just because one group of women didn’t like the series or the type of sex being discussed in the book doesn’t mean they should shame their fellow women who enjoyed the book, movie and a non-vanilla type of sex that was explored throughout the series.

Every woman has the right to enjoy a book series and movie without being shamed by other women. The same goes for the type of sexual encounters women choose to have with their partners. Just because a type of sex and literature isn’t for one group of women, doesn’t mean the same for the rest of the female population.

Thankfully, this is the 21st Century and women have the right to vocalize their likes and dislikes when it comes to sexual pleasure.

As women, we need to stick together and support each other while keeping in mind that we are all different and that having different likes and dislikes doesn’t make either group wrong.

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