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Last weekend, the final movie in the revolting Fifty Shades of Grey franchise hit screens. The third and last chapter of this sick soap opera is over. And we are left scratching our heads as we ponder why films that glorify sexual abuse and sadistic bondage are still popular.
We just watched the ugly Harvey Weinstein scandal unfold. We have listened to countless women tell how they were abused by film executives, movie stars and congressmen. Yet this new film, Fifty Shades Freed, made almost $39 million at the box office last weekend.
Women - Films - Character
Why, why, why are women attracted to films in which the main female character enjoys being abused?
When the novel Fifty Shades of Grey was published in 2011, critics described it as "dull and poorly written," "depressing" and "a sad joke." Yet, it sold 100 million copies.
Women - Tale - College - Student - Ana
Women were fascinated by the dark tale of a 21-year-old college student, Ana Steele, who falls in love with a handsome but mysterious billionaire named Christian Grey after she interviews him for a newspaper.
The book was accurately dubbed "mommy porn" because it is sexually graphic and full of crude language, and also because Christian expects his girlfriends to totally submit to his sexual tastes—which involve whips, chains, handcuffs and gray neckties.
Porn - Porn
It was not just mainstream porn. It was bondage porn.
The first Fifty Shades movie came out in 2015, and it broke records for advance ticket sales. Mostly female fans lined up at the Cineplex to watch Christian abuse Ana in his bedroom, which is called "the red room of pain." A second film, Fifty Shades Darker, came out in 2017. The third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, opens with the wedding of Christian and Ana.
Critics - Films - N-17 - Actor - Christian
Critics expected the films to be rated N-17. (After all, the actor who plays Christian, Jamie Dornan, visited a sex dungeon...
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