January 23, 2018

Five Actions You Can Take to Protest Fifty Shades Freed

Despite the fact that we’re living in a #MeToo, #TimesUp culture and trying to combat sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault against women, some people somehow still think it’s attractive to glamorize sexual violence against women.

That’s exactly what you find in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and that’s more of when you’ll get in the third and final installation, Fifty Shades Freed, on February 9, 2018.  As I noted in my column when the trailer was released, this film is full of degrading and harmful lies:

Women want and deserve healthy and consensual intimate relationships. So, Fifty Shades author E.L. James dressed up a sadomasochistic, abusive sexual relationship as just that – one that ended in true love, was based on consent, and was healthy for both partners.

So in addition to NOT watching this film, and telling your friends and family not to see it, you can take the following five actions to become a powerful activists against this harmful material.

1. Join This Facebook Page

Join this Facebook page to draw attention to the abusive nature of Fifty Shades Freed.  Invite your friends to join as well. Use the hashtag #50dollarsnot50shades to spread the word so that more people will learn about the campaign.

2. Sign This Petition

Tell Universal Pictures to CANCEL Fifty Shades Freed.

3. Donate to a Shelter

Donate $50 or whatever you can afford to give to a women’s shelter or a shelter for victims of domestic abuse — because there is nothing glamorous or “sexy” about sexual violence against women or against anyone. You can find a list of shelters here.

You can also learn more about resources for survivors of domestic abuse here.

4. Share These Graphics

Here are a few to start with. You can find more memes and social media graphics to share here.

fifty shades freed spoiler alert abuse

Fifty Shades Freed Fairy Tale Romance

MeToo vs Fifty Shades Freed

5. Take Photos and Send Them to Us

Send your photos of yourself with a sign expressing why YOU oppose Fifty Shades to public@ncose.com. Tweet them using the hashtags #FiftyShadesIsAbuse and #50dollarsnot50shades, and tag our @NCOSE Twitter handle as well. We will share your photos them on our social media accounts!

Learn more at our Fifty Shades Is Abuse webpage here. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is grateful to partner with dozens of other organizations on this campaign, including lead partners London Abused Women’s Centre, Canada; Collective Shout, Australia; and Culture Reframed, USA.

Katherine Blakeman

Katherine Blakeman

Director of Communications

Katherine Blakeman joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in August of 2017.  She works to foster a community of people who want to restore human dignity and end sexual exploitation through traditional press outreach, digital media, and email marketing.  She has testified before the Maryland House of Delegates on the public health harms of pornography.

Katherine has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including LifeSiteNews, NewsBusters, American Family News, EWTN Radio, Relevant Radio, Cosmo, Elle, Deseret News, the Daily Signal, the Daily Caller, NPR, HLN, and Fox News. She has been featured on Matt Fradd’s Love People, Use Things podcast, as well as the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s radio show Family Policy Matters. She writes a column for Townhall.com.  

Prior to joining NCOSE, Katherine served as Communications Director for two members of Congress and as the Communications Deputy at Heritage Action for America, where she blogged, conducted social media outreach, and joined radio shows across the country to discuss the organization’s priorities and goals.

Katherine participated in the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute fellowship at the United Nations Youth Conference in July of 2011, which sparked in her a passion for human rights issues and for speaking out for those living in poverty or a cycle of exploitation, particularly those who suffer from sexual exploitation. She is a graduate of Ave Maria University in Florida.  

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