Substantial cultural commentary and numerous studies addressed how the ‘infamous’ novel influenced both readers and the publishing industry.
The controversial fantasy novel and its sequels enticed more authors to experiment with self-publishing, but the latter has a history that long predates the steamy bestseller.
By 2024 the global sexual wellness market is projected to grow to 39 billion dollars.
The emergence of female-oriented erotica has been portrayed as a sign of women’s liberation, but research indicates that it reinforces cultural scripts of pornography targeting men.
The terms ‘freedom’ and ‘choice’ – on which the legal definition of consent depends – mean very different things to different people.
The Village People’s Glenn Hughes (second from left) epitomised the leatherman look.
Leathermen expose the myth of hypermasculinity by refusing the violence and aggression which is normally attached to it.
The law needs updating – but great care is required when it comes to consent and sadomasochistic sex.
E L James’ BDSM fantasies and Chaucer’s 14th-century story raise the same age-old questions.
‘Fifty Shades’ author E.L. James, shown signing autographs, has earned a fortune from her romance novels.
Few of them are getting rich off their books but the genre is making them more money than it used to.
The author in London in 1986, aged 69.
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In his lifetime Anthony Burgess was a strong advocate of free expression. A forthcoming book promises to bring his political writing back into focus.
Though sharing with Fifty Shades the overall themes of sexual domination and submission, Story of O remains a work of substantial literary merit.
One can find reading material to suit all tastes.
From censorship, to mainstream, to Donald Trump: erotica has a long and varied history.
Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) in Fifty Shades Darker.
After Fifty Shades of Grey there was debate about its romanticisation of an abusive relationship. The sequel confirms that this wasn’t a misconception.
There is a growing mainstream appetite for things that would previously be considered “deviant” pursuits – and businesses are catching on.
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The Fall writer Alan Cubitt is ‘hurt and upset’ at being accused of misogyny. But maybe misogyny isn’t the point.
EL James: the infamous ‘Fifty Shades’ author.
A poor review doesn’t make for a bad book. But a good one doesn’t make for a good one either.
Banned Books Week highlights books that have been challenged or permanently removed from library shelves.
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While legal precedent makes banning books difficult, it still happens.
The sexist language of lads’ magazines is increasingly provocative and extreme.
Magazines like Zoo not only reproduce and legitimise sexist and predatory views of sexual violence and gender roles. They also make such attitudes seem normal and acceptable.
This BAFTA can be yours for a mere £299.
Sex isn’t the issue – we should object when TV programmes try to sell us anything.
BDSM gear at Eros Pyramide shop.
The BDSM-themed movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, is the number one movie in Australia. Its success means that a lot of people are titillated by the idea of sex beyond “vanilla sex.” Controversy about BDSM…
Some criticism of Fifty Shades reveals a disdainful attitude toward fans of the franchise.
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With the release of Fifty Shades of Grey in cinemas this week, serious questions have been raised about whether the film depicts abuse – including on The Conversation. Some feminist groups have staged…
Fifty Shades of Grey creates a minefield on the issues at play in consensual acts of violence.
Christian Grey knows exactly his hard limits in sadomasochism and he may also know a thing or two about his legal limits. The Dominant character Grey in the fantasy fiction Fifty Shades of Grey is bent…