An interesting point raised in a conversation with a friend the other day – the world is, quite rightly, outraged at the rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey in India, yet the three top-selling books in the UK last year were the Fifty Shades of Grey series.
Is there a double standard in operation here? We’re saying on the one hand, that the objectification and exploitation of women is ok in books (whips, chains, gags, domination, a multitude of objects inserted into places that they shouldn’t really be), but when it happens in real life, that’s a bad thing?
How are women being perceived by men who read these books? That we’re all gagging for it? We all want to be dominated, and brought to our knees?
One day, we could get on a bus, and the same thing could happen to any of us by men who perceive that this is the way we want, and deserve to be treated.
These books are poison.