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50 Shades of Grey is Attracting More People to BDSM

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Chances are, if you’re reading our blog, you’ve heard of the sexy book series called 50 Shades of Grey. It may even be the reason why you’re here, reading this very article. “Since 50 Shades of Grey has shot into the spotlight, our membership numbers have soared,” reports Cara Rowe, a data analyst for BDSMDate.com. “There are more and more sexy singles who want to experiment with domination and submission.”

The first book in this trilogy is called 50 Shades of Grey, and details a BDSM relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a rich business tycoon, Christian Grey. The second and third books are called 50 Shades Darker and 50 Shades Freed. It all starts as what seems like a strange whirlwind love affair, but soon Anastasia is signing a BDSM slave contract. The books were originally conceived as steamy Twilight fan fiction, but soon took on a life of their own as the writer, E.L. James got more into them.

Now, the series is being made into a movie. The casting of the film caused quite a stir amongst fans and the press. Several people from the BDSM community have qualms with the way that kinkiness is portrayed in the series. Some say the book puts the label of BDSM on what is actually an abusive relationship, since it includes stalking and intimidation. “If some of this stuff happened to me in real life, I’d be worried,” reports Jenna Holtz, a dating liaison for Find a Femdom, “But it’s a work of fantasy fiction, so everything in it should be taken with a grain of salt. A very titillating grain of salt!”

The series is certainly a pop culture phenomenon, something that is rare for BDSM to be a part of. It has inspired many funny parodies, such as Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, the erotic tale of a guy who wonders if his female interest can get over some of his shameful behavior, like shopping at Walmart on the weekends.

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