Can This Book Change Your Sex Life?

Fifty Shades Of Grey is more than an erotic novel, it’s a rev­o­lu­tion!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - UPFRONT -

Chances are, you’ve read, flippedthrough, or at least heard of E L James’ steamy novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. The book, first in a tril­ogy, orig­i­nally launched as an e-book, and did so well, the pub­lish­ers took it to print in 2011. Now, over 10 mil­lion copies and a big-bud­get movie deal later, it seems peo­ple still can’t stop talk­ing about this ‘bodice rip­per’. The me­dia is abuzz with re­ports of how women are fer­vently turn­ing the pages of Fifty Shades at home, work, and in trains and planes; SNL did a spe­cial spoof on the novel; and it re­mains one of the most hotly de­bated top­ics at book clubs around the world. And while we’ve al­ways known that women en­joy erot­ica (hey, we’re Cosmo!) even the pub­lish­ers of the novel are a tad sur­prised with the book’s snow-balling suc­cess. Af­ter all, the plot is far from reg­u­lar—based on a dom­i­nant/ sub­mis­sive re­la­tion­ship be­tween soon-to-be-grad­u­ate Anas­ta­sia Steele, and hand­some-ty­coon Chris­tian Grey. What fol­lows is a sex­ual con­tract, lots of spank­ing, can­ing, and tied-up sex, and a com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship. So what is it about this kind of kinky, graphic erot­ica that has women hooked? Ac­cord­ing to sex ther­a­pist Glo­ria Brame, Ph.D., and au­thor of Come Hither: A Com­mon­sense Guide To Kinky Sex, BDSM fan­tasies make sense be­cause sub­mis­sion is a pri­mal urge, likely linked to our need to func­tion in groups. And, say other ex­perts, be­cause women are so busy tak­ing the lead at work and home, it’s nice for them to imag­ine a strong man tak­ing charge in the bed­room.

What­ever the rea­son, James’ de­but novel is fuelling the imag­i­na­tion of mil­lions of women...and, as Cosmo dis­cov­ered, their sex life too. As one reader re­ported, “Read­ing about Ana and Chris­tian’s sex life en­cour­aged me to ex­per­i­ment with mine. My boyfriend and I played out cer­tain bits, and were very pleased with the re­sults.”

Fifty Shades Of Grey did so well, there are al­ready two se­quels out...

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