Next weekend, the official movie based on the best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey will be released. Ironically, in gimmicky fashion, the film is being released on Valentine’s Day. We say ironically because on a day celebrated for expressing romantic love and affection, this movie is ANYTHING but.

Ever since the trailer came out earlier this summer, the book-turned-movie has been the hot topic of conversation all across the nation. Here’s just a few tweets about the movie that we grabbed from Twitter.

Some people are raving about it.

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Or suggesting things like this:

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And then, there are these people:

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Wow.

And that’s the fan base of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Then there’s other people, like us, who aren’t stoked at all because of the twisted and warped ideals about sex that this book/movie normalizes in society.

The mission of Fight the New Drug is to use science, facts, and personal accounts to educate on the harmful effects of pornography and sexual exploitation. With that said, we know that books can most definitely be pornographic. Especially books like Fifty Shades of Grey that contain a high amount of highly explicit and graphic sexual content.

42% of male students and 20% of women said they regularly read romance novels, sexually explicit magazines, or regularly visited sexually explicit forums or chat rooms. Literature like Fifty Shades of Grey is referred to as erotica and can be just as addictive and as harmful in warping ideas about sex and intimacy as porn videos/images.

If you’re not totally familiar with Fifty Shades of Grey, here’s a just quick summary of why we are not cool with it: The storyline of the book, and now the upcoming big budget film, is entirely about a cold and sadistic millionaire and his seduction of a young, innocent girl into a world of sadomasochistic sex.

Now, if you don’t know what sadomasochism is, (or S&M for short) it’s basically extreme acts of violence and abuse for sexual pleasure.

Not cool.

Even worse about Fifty Shades of Grey, is that IS the story. There’s not much of a plot. There’s really no big surprise or big ending. It is just an entire book, and now an entire movie, about a controlling man who seeks to dominate and act out his deviant sexual tastes with an unsuspecting virgin girl.

But even worse than what the story is about, is what it teaches. While Fifty Shades of Grey has gone to extraordinary lengths to market the franchise as “sleek and sexy” by coming out with its own line of sex toys, lipsticks, and a modern soundtrack, all Fifty Shades actually promotes is the normalization of sexual violence (mostly toward women) in society. On top of that, the story’s overarching themes are female inequality, abuse, and coercion.

In order to truly highlight the extremely negative and harmful ideals contained in Fifty Shades of Grey, we made a list, with an accompanying infographic, of what is to be learned from this story.

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1. If you’re good looking, rich, or successful, you can develop a violent sexual appetite and people will be okay with it.
Christian Grey, the main character in the book, is an incredibly wealthy and good looking guy. He has a mansion, flies around in a helicopter, and is the heartthrob of all the women he meets. Now, something tells us that if the main character was a slimy, homeless, ex-convict with a scraggly beard and missing teeth, people wouldn’t find this story arousing at all, but see it for the gross and deviant story that it is. Why are people so accepting of this dark and disturbing story just because the male character is supposed to be attractive and desirable?

2. Sex is completely for pleasure and all love/romance should be removed from the situation.
In the story, Christian makes his women sign contracts that prevent them from ever speaking about what Christian does to them and gives him complete permission to do whatever he wants to them physically. Sound like a love story you want to read? Yeah, us neither.

3. Girls: If you hang around long enough and put up with a guy’s “issues”, eventually he might love you and change.
Anastasia, the main female character in the book, is a shy, reserved, and insecure student. She is even a virgin when she meets Christian. Throughout the book, Ana is exposed to his extremely deviant sexual desires and becomes the sole object of his desire. She is attracted to him and becomes charmed by all the lavish gifts that he provides her. She stays with him despite everything he does to her and becomes subject to his increasingly violent fantasies as he slowly guides her into accepting his disturbing behavior toward her. Fifty Shades of Grey teaches that girls are just helpless and fragile beings who will stick around for a man they find attractive. Would any of you girls stick around through all that? Didn’t think so.

4. Guys: You can do whatever you want to a girl and she’ll just take it because… she’s a girl.
Christian Grey is a womanizer and he uses his money and charm to keep Ana around and wanting to be with him. Despite the fact that he uses all sorts of disturbing methods to inflict pain on her for his own pleasure, nothing or no one stops him. Ana is still drawn to him and he is still drawn to her. He can do whatever he wants sexually to her and he knows that she will eventually be magnetized back to him. Any of you guys think it’s okay to treat a woman, or any other human being, like that? We don’t.

5. If you put a lot of highly explicit sexual material into a story, people will make it a best seller and it will even be turned into a big budget Hollywood film.
Finally, we come back to the fact that this story was a best selling novel that is now being turned into a big budget Hollywood film. This dark and twisted story is the reason that millions and millions of dollars have been made by the author, publishing company, and now all the people associated with the film. Pretty sucky to think that we live in a society where a story entirely about a sadistic and violent sexual relationship has become so wildly popular.

So, we think it goes without saying that we will be spending our Valentine’s Day with our loved ones, not reading or watching disturbing sexual fetishes. We are all about real love and real intimacy. You with us?

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