Mediocre movie is merely 50 shades of abuse, degradation porn

David Fitzsimmons is the brilliant editorial cartoonist for Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star. In addition to his cartoons, he regularly publishes a column about something of local or national import in which he uses his comic talents to lampoon the issue. It is interesting that this column does not use humor to analyze the movie, 50 Shades of Gray. He apparently recognizes that the topic of this movie is of such significance that humor would only devalue his message. He makes the point that

Omnipresent on our computers, iPads and smart phones, degradation porn is the norm today. Not just porn. Degradation porn. According to a 2013 study, “Aggression and Sexual Behavior in Best-Selling Pornography Videos: A Content Analysis,” 88 percent of porn scenes featured degrading physical abuse, while nearly half depicted verbal humiliation.

In today’s global cyber world women are pliant piñatas “yearning” to be abused, used and discarded.

In his description of the main characters in the movie, he says:

Grey is our “I don’t do romance” billionaire. He sadistically intimidates, isolates, subjugates, sedates, dominates, berates and humiliates his social and economic inferior, Miss Steele, a naive college senior, a timid virgin, devoid of self-worth. She has all the qualities that would move a predator to squeal, “Jackpot!”

As someone who grew up surrounded by and the victim of domestic violence and someone who suffered sexual abuse, I refused to either read the book or see the movie. I cannot understand those women who think this movie is worth seeing or that the book was worth reading. I can only imagine that they have never experienced domestic or sexual abuse and have created some romantic notion of what it would be like to be spanked (or worse) and abused by someone who doesn’t “do romance.”

The women who made this book a best seller and the movie a blockbuster need only our pity. They are the ones who perpetrate some men’s beliefs that women like to be beaten and sexually abused and that it is acceptable in today’s society.

It makes me sad.

Fitzsimmons’ take on the movie is brilliant. And the fact that he restrains his humorous bent is a generous gift to women everywhere. Thank you, David, for your commentary.

Mediocre movie is merely 50 shades of abuse, degradation porn.

About Sharon

**Writing, both personal and professional, has always been an important aspect of my life. **Personally, whether I write from experience or invent fictional characters, I learn so much about myself. Writing has always helped me understand and deal with important events and issues in my life. The blog, "Boxelders and Blackberries" serves this purpose. **My "gravatar" is a boxelder tree, which I hope provides a way to bring together my personal and professional writing. The boxelder tree branches into multiple trunks, each representing a different direction my life and career has taken.
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