EDITORIAL: Add Target to the GIRLCOTT. Target is actually promoting this whole torture instruction kit. When the movie came out, they were selling Fifty Shades of Grey paraphernalia right next to the children’s toothbrushes. It’s time to tell Corporate America that we’re tired of them pimping unhealthy sex all over the place and we’re tired of them pimping that unhealthy sex to our children.
Time to shut down the torture chambers of America. Everyone hears about the torture of terrorists. Why won’t mainstream media talk about the torture of our daughters??
Domestic abuse should never be glamorized or validated.
However, that is exactly what Grey, the latest installment to the Fifty Shades of Grey series, will do. Scheduled to be released June 18th, Grey will rehash the first novel of the series from the perspective of Christian Grey, the man who tortures and coerces his “love interest” for his sexual pleasure.
I was compelled to release a statement about this new book because it will go even beyond the mainstreaming of torture sex and domestic violence the way the previous books did. Because Grey promises to be from the perspective of Christian, the abuser, it will by nature defend his abusive actions.
It is no fiction that real-life women suffer every day at the hands of domestic violence and abuse. For such brutality to be considered “sexy” entertainment, or justifiable because of the abuser’s past experiences, wealth or even alleged “love,” is an affront to every abused woman in America. Grey will be written to evoke empathy for the sadistic character, Christian, and so it will send the wrong message that victims can “fix” violent, controlling, partners by being obedient. This is a dangerous lie that should not be tolerated.
I encourage everyone to spread this news and, instead of purchasing Grey, to take part in the #50DollarsNot50Shades campaign, which donates to domestic violence shelters.
Learn more and take action, at FiftyShadesIsAbuse.com.
Executive Director | National Center on Sexual Exploitation
Statement by NCSE’s Executive Director, Dawn Hawkins
Washington, DC –
The Fifty Shades of Grey series will continue with the latest installment, Grey, which the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) predicts will be an irresponsible rationalization of domestic abuse. Set to be released June 18th, Grey will be a re-telling of the first novel in the Fifty Shades series from the perspective of Christian Grey, the man who tortures and coerces his “love interest” for his sexual pleasure.
In reality, too many women suffer every day at the hands of violence and abuse. For such brutality to be considered “sexy” entertainment, or justifiable because of the abuser’s past experiences or wealth and power, is offensive and an affront to every abused woman in America.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, an average of 24 people per minute become victim to rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner in America— more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year. The continuation of this series perpetuates the mainstreaming of domestic abuse. It sends the false message that victims can “fix” violent, controlling partners by being obedient.
I encourage all to support the survivors of abuse through the #50DollarsNot50Shades campaign, which donates to domestic violence shelters around the country.
To learn more and take action, visit FiftyShadesIsAbuse.com.