Townhall: Why Is ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Glamorizing Sexual Violence in a #MeToo Culture?
By Katherine Blakeman
The “Fifty Shades Freed” trailer just came out. Shudder.
As a woman living in the age of #MeToo, I am bewildered by how many of my fellow women like the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Some people suggest the books are appealing to women because they play into women’s ‘relationship fantasies.’
The idea that violence perpetrated against (college student and eventually Mrs. Grey) Ana Steele by (wealthy businessman) Christian Grey is either healthy or loving is just that – a fantasy.
For a more realistic look at how a sexual encounter between a sexually abusive, egomaniacal multi-millionaire and a young, vulnerable woman would end for the young woman, look no further than George Soros’ hedge fund manager, Howie Rubin.
Rubin allegedly beat and raped three different women in his creepy penthouse BDSM dungeon, punching one of them so hard in the breast that her implant flipped over, according to the lawsuit she filed against him.
The details of that case are horrific, so why is Fifty Shades glamorizing this type of abuse as mere entertainment in the age of #MeToo and Harvey Weinstein?