Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

AF­TER all the book sales, hype and an­tic­i­pa­tion, it is dis­heart­en­ing to learn that Fifty Shades of Grey is ba­si­cally about a rich man who tries to se­duce a vir­gin into be­ing his sex slave.

While light is shed on the hardly-ever talked about world of S & M (an ex­pres­sion of sex­u­al­ity beg­ging to be ex­plored), this story seems more in­ter­ested in putting women back in the dark ages.

An even more con­cern­ing fact for this baf­fled new­comer is how any of the women in­volved in writ­ing the book and adapt­ing it to film felt this was a pos­i­tive cel­e­bra­tion of fe­male sex­u­al­ity and em­pow­er­ment.

Dowdy vir­ginal stu­dent Anas­ta­sia Steele (Dakota John­son) in­ter­views bil­lion­aire ty­coon Chris­tian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for her sick jour­nal­ism stu­dent friend and sparks in­stantly fly.

The sex­u­ally in­ex­pe­ri­enced hard­ware store clerk wants dates, love and ro­mance with the hunk of spunk but he has a dark se­cret – he loves whips, chains and pad­dle­boards.

Their re­la­tion­ship can only be one way: she does what he says and com­plies with any sex­ual ac­tiv­ity he sug­gests and if they are to forge ahead, she will be con­trac­tu­ally bound to oblige.

What does she get out of this ar­range­ment? “Me,” he tells her. Wow, what a catch. This mas­sive pop cul­ture phe­nom­e­non was fun for the first half-hour, with the overly sug­ges­tive dia­logue garner­ing know­ing gig­gles from the au­di­ence, but once the hu­mour sub­sides and the doors are open to Chris­tian’s sex dun­geon and terms, this story nose­dives.

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