You can’t seem to go anywhere at the moment without someone talking about 50 Shades of Grey, the publishing sensation which seems to have reinvented the ‘book’ overnight, but it would seem that not everyone is a fan!
50 Shades of Grey is the erotic literature phenomena aimed at women, but Samantha Brick has publicly slammed the trilogy of books on ITV’s This Morning, claiming that they are no better than soft porn and could be a bad influence of teenagers, or kids, who pick it up to see what the fuss is about.
The trilogy of books, which was published a year ago, was written by EL James and has been a global best seller, and the most talked about topic, this week anyway, but speaking on the ITV daytime char show, Brick, who caused an internet storm when she claimed she was too beautiful for women to like her, has hit out at the books, branding them badly written and demeaning to women:
“It’s pornography aimed at women,” she said in the interview yesterday.
“Giving it this name of mummy porn, using this kind of safe, middle-class word, makes women think it’s okay to read it. I’m not saying they shouldn’t read it – but let’s not kid ourselves. It’s degrading. The character is a victim. She’s a virgin. She’s negotiating to become the main protagonist’s sex slave. That’s not where we are in the 21st century. Women are the moral compass of society. It’s us people turn to in the banking crisis, in the recession.
“We are the heart of the home and the workforce. The nature of the content of the book is demeaning and degrading to who we are.
Is it consensual? I’d say she debates it internally, For me there’s a massive danger sign with this.
We could have described the whole launch of the men’s mag generation like this – Nuts, Loaded, Zoo. But now the same editors who promoted them are saying “mea culpa, we shouldn’t have been writing those things and portraying women in that way.”
“I think there’s a real danger, with the way that this book is being marketed, and forced upon us, of something similar happening.’
It’s not only the fact that Fifty Shades is degrading to women that Samantha finds offensive either.
Not just concerned for the moral scaffolding of women, Brick also thinks that the books pose a health risk, explaining:
“There is a flip side, Without meaning to be flippant, sex games do go wrong. Hospitals are full of people who have been injured this way. Deaths have occurred. S&M isn’t to be taken lightly.”
“You have characters going into this fantasy world and there are no checks and balances in place”.
According to Brick, the availability of the book (which is actually pretty rare at the moment as most places have sold out) is not to her liking either as the book is (should be) available in all book shops, internet sites and supermarkets. She would probably be happier if an erotic book shop opened and the book came with a brown paper bag for transit perhaps?
“Madonna released an explicit book in the nineties that was sold on the top shelf of the supermarkets in a special cover. It was sealed and there was a warning on it. But there is nothing stopping children and young teens picking up Fifty Shades, she said.
Watch Bricks previous This Morning interview in the clip below: