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Thousands of Twitter Users Flock to Ask EL James Why She Romanticizes Abuse

Last night, Twitter filled with complaints about EL James, the author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, through the hashtag #AskELJames. The hashtag Q&A was started by James’ PR team with the hope of connecting her with her fans. But that plan quickly backfired. While some people had grievances with James’ writing ability, and…

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Stop Making Domestic Abuse Sexy: Why the Latest Fifty Shades Book Is an Irresponsible Defense of Violence

By glamorizing the exploitive relationship between Christian and Ana, E. L. James is perpetuating the perception of many domestic abuse victims that they can “fix” their abuser if they only obey and love them enough.

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CUA Students’ Campaign Against Fifty Shades of Grey Was a Success

At first glance, there was nothing special about the CUA Anscombe Society’s Valentine’s Day campaign. With a simple banner and a table filled with desserts, we could have easily passed for any of the other student groups tabling in the CUA student center, except for the fact that the banner read “#50CentsNot50Shades” and on the table also lay graphics like this one. It was our cause – spreading awareness about the harms of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey and raising money for a local shelter for victims of domestic violence – that set us radically apart from any other fundraiser in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

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#50DollarsNot50Shades: Support shelters where women like Ana end up

By Gail Dines, Stop Porn Culture and Dawn Hawkins, National Center on Sexual Exploitation Women everywhere have had enough, and now they are taking to social media to protest the way Hollywood deals with one of the most serious public health issues of our time:  Male violence against women.  Stop Porn Culture, National Center on Sexual…

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No ‘Grey’ areas for detractors, fans of film based on erotic book

Local fans of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” E.L. James’ erotic best-seller, say they’re ready for their big-screen rendezvous with Christian Grey. “He’s the ultimate bad boy,” said Tonya Lorenz of Wichita, who read the novel a few summers ago and plans to see the movie with nearly two dozen girlfriends when it officially opens Friday. “He’s successful, he’s ambitious, he’s powerful, and yet he’s kind of emotionally disturbed,” she said. “In a weird sort of way, I think it does show that love can heal all wounds.” Not long after tickets to “Fifty Shades of Grey” went on sale last month, it became the fastest-selling R-rated film in Fandango’s history, as fans of the novel planned for a steamy Valentine’s Day weekend. The film opens in Wichita on Friday, with early shows at some theaters Thursday.

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