Anti-Domestic Abuse Charity to Burn Copies of Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey— the erotic novel that beat Harry Potterin becoming the fastest selling paperback of all time, tells the story of the BDS relationship between Christian Grey, the Dominant, and Anastasia Steele, his Submissive. Many have hailed it for renewing their boring sexual relationships, but one group is taking a stand and proclaiming that the book has dangerous consequences.

Last week, the BBC reported that Wearside Women in Need, a charity for domestic abuse victims, will hold a bonfire to burn copies of the book on Nov. 5.

Clare Phillipson, of Wearside Women in Need, who said she had read more than half of the book before giving up “in disgust,” told the BBC:

I do not think I can put into words how vile I think this book is and how dangerous I think the idea is that you get a sophisticated but naive, young women and a much richer, abusive older man who beats her up and does some dreadful things to her sexually.

She continued:

My main objection is that at a time when local authorities are making cuts to outreach and refuge services for women experiencing domestic violence, we have libraries wasting and grossly misusing public to buy a book which says: 'domestic violence is sexy'. The money would be better spent supporting victims.

One British City Councilor responded by stating that the city’s library will not stop ordering or carrying the book, as it is not their place to dictate what people want to read.

Random House, the book’s publisher, told the BBC: "The sex scenes are entirely consensual."

AlterNet / By Alyssa Figueroa

Posted at August 28, 2012, 12:20pm

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