Fifty Shades of Grey: Is It “Mommy Porn” or Enhancing Sex Lives?

If you haven’t downloaded the Fifty Shades of Grey, I highly recommend that you do so. Not only does your beloved e-reader device deliver the goods to you in mere seconds, you don’t have to go out and actually get it yourself. And if you are planning to borrow it from the library – you might be out of luck.

A few libraries across the U.S. are actually BANNING the book from their shelves – in Wisconsin, Georgia, and Florida so far, and more may follow. The reasons stem not only from concerns that the book is too racy, but that it is poorly written as well. Really? Public libraries are now telling us what is too erotic to read, and also judging the quality of said writing too? Are we talking “Mommy Porn” here (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Or is there? Some people claim the steamy book is enhancing the sex lives of the ladies who read it. Personally, I’ve read even steamier books. Maybe I’m jaded, but think putting the “Mommy Porn” label on it is ridiculous.

If you are not familiar with the book yet (where have you been girl?) Fifty Shades is about a college woman who falls for a very handsome, very wealthy, and very powerful man who just happens to be into bondage and other goodies. The author E.L. James first self-published the book as an e-reader, and after it gained a huge following, it was published traditionally and the second and third books quickly followed. Many women (myself included) downloaded the e-reader version. I only read on my Kindle these days, but many people feel more comfortable reading a novel like this with a little more privacy. I did purchase the paperback for a friend’s birthday, and got a lot of unsolicited comments from the Target cashier! Good thing I’m not shy, and my kids were not with me.

I can’t see that banning these books can do any major harm to the already immensely popular trilogy, although it may be harder for some people without e-readers to get access it if they don’t want to buy the paperbacks. If anything, it’s just drawing attention to them and making them even more popular. For the e-reader-less, it will probably be like Judy Blume’s book “Forever”. One dog-eared copy made its way through to every one of my friends in grade school, and that book was banned plenty.

So if you got that Kindle you wanted for Mother’s Day – download it from Amazon and you are all set to decide for yourself. Just don’t count on it being available at your local library. Even if it is – you’re going to wait a while for it!

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey yet? Do you think it’s Mommy Porn?

 

Angela Skinner Mullen
Angela leads a caffeine-fueled life chasing her kids around town. She holds degrees in Communications and Marketing, and worked in marketing management in both publishing and technology fields before going freelance. While some think she is obsessive-compulsive about correct usage and grammar, she prefers to think of herself as paying great attention to detail. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two kids, two cats, a frog, and a very large dog. Most likely to be found working from a Coffee Bean in Los Angeles, laptop on and latte in hand.

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