Opening on St. Valentine’s Day and hyped as the big date movie for the night is 50 Shades of Grey, based on a series of novels that have sold some 100 million copies, the vast majority of which have been bought by women. It’s a romance novel about a woman whose handsome and rich lover ties her up, blindfolds her, and beats her.
So now we are seeing another normalization and social approval of something that used to be called, quaintly, a sexual perversion: sado-masochism. Surely eroticizing violence and brutalizing sex are going to have bad consequences, don’t you think? Isn’t sado-masochism more problematic than homosexuality? [Read more…]