Author Katie Roiphe and her novel 50 Shades Of Grey has swept the nation and the book itself is on Kindle, which only adds to the feeding frenzy for the movie rights. More digital ink has been spilled on love novels for women and their sexual desires than any other genre.
The latest cover story of Newsweek, by Katie Roiphe, uses the new 50 Shades of Grey to launch an attack on contemporary feminism, which has been been getting a serious backlash from the rest of the feminist community, partially for it’s lack of sources, and partially for a person who they see as being completely out of touch with reality.
The reaction around the Internet in general has more or less been one of slight bemusement.
Most people don’t really seem to know if Roiphe is just trying to troll the world, or if she truly believes what she is saying. Certainly not the reaction she was looking for, I would imagine.
Roiphe’s claim in the piece — without any other “evidence” than the goings-on of fictional 50 Shades character Anastasia Steele — that women enjoy submissive sex because we don’t have to seek it out or choose it.
Interest in the book has been reignited anew with Roiphe’s article this week examining basically what is an age-old question in BDSM and one that is pretty well-accepted and understood- why women are engaged by submission fantasies. (It should be noted that men are also fairly likely to enjoy submissive fantasies.)
Roiphe’s not-particularly-hard-hitting piece examines what has been closely examined in erotica study over the past half-century. Kinky or not, it just seems that 50 Shades Of Grey is a regular practice for some adults in the world, but not accepted by those who want to protect women’s rights.