Mummy Porn??!!!

Mummy porn or Fifty Shades of Shite?  It's never going to win the Pulitzer Prize (nor am I!), nor is a great work of literary fiction but it's the fastest selling book...ever!  Beyond Harry Potter and the DaVinci code this book has got our nation of women chattering, reading and debating. Fifty Shades of Grey has taken the nation by storm.

Hmmmm...are we repressed or do we just like crap books?  To be honest I can't understand what the fuss is all about.  I know I'm going to get a slating here but after reading the first few chapters I've put it down and can't be bothered to pick it up again.

Sam Brick ("godI'msobeautifuleveryonehatesme") is at it again but this time I kind of agree with her.  

"Giving it this name of mummy porn, using this kind of safe, middle-class word, makes women think it's okay to read it."

We argue that men's smutty magazines on the top shelf demean women, yet by being able to easily buy something so obviously and clearly porn are we encouraging sado-masochism or sexual deviation?  Are we becoming desensitised to sex?   Sex and violence is largely covered in the trilogy, but what makes it so acceptable? What boundary will next be breached? Will the top shelf magazines come down a shelf? Will the  Red Hot TV programs be aired at teatime, whilst I'm whipping up the supper?  The book is widely available yet restrictions are placed on the display of  Porn magazines with warnings.

Most women have argued that it's only fiction; it's fantasy; it's escapism.  Most women state that once the power of the sex scenes wear off  the relationship between the two characters are far more appealing.  Would the book have the same power without the sex scenes?  If the sex scenes were taken out, wouldn't it be just a normal Mills and Boons type book? Would it have been as successful?  Part of me wonders, whether, once again we are falling for the great marketing tools and ploys that have made the book as successful as it is.   

One of the main reasons that the book has played a major part in it's own success, is, I think, down to the fact that women are cerebral thinkers, whereas men are visual.  Men like pictures...women like words!  Gosh, it all makes sense now! 



Now, ladies if you like a bit of literary porn may I suggest you read "The Story of O" by Pauline Reage.  The original tale of female submission, which includes all the whips, blindfolds and chains you could imagine.  Written in 1954, the erotic book was published, charges of obscenity brought against the publisher and although the charges were rejected by the courts, a publicity ban on the novel remained in place for many years.  A far better read and if I'm honest, far more erotic!!

.....and for your information I'm perfectly full-filled, thank you very much!

Edited to add: I'm not patronising or belittling anyone who enjoyed the romping read, but it just ain't for me!

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  1. I have no inclination to read any of these books whatsoever, simply because I am completely stubborn and I HATE doing whatever everyone else is doing! Still if it's encouraging people to read then I suppose it's a good thing!

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    1. I wouldn't read Harry Potter for the exact same reason. I'm not even sure there is a story line in there. I don't begrudge the writer, but I guess that everyone's reading it because everyone else is reading it! We're blinkin' sheep!

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