I am going to assume that you have read Fifty Shades of Grey or at least know what the book is about. Last week, I was watching The View while I was blow drying my hair. The co-hosts were bantering back and forth about why the book was so bad, so detrimental to women everywhere. Their arguments were so ridiculous. Actually, the comments were so off base, it was clear that they hadn’t read the whole book. Perhaps they just skimmed it or read the New York Times book review. I have since heard about libraries banning it, women’s groups bashing it and well…I just don’t get and here is why.
Three Reasons why “Fifty Shades of Grey” Makes Us Better Women
1. **Reading “Fifty” has created new habits for us** I have girlfriends who haven’t picked up a book since their kids stopped reading “Goodnight Moon”. Suddenly, I have girlfriends who can’t put down a book. In fact, they have read all THREE books. It takes 3 weeks to create a habit. If you read all three books, chances are you are going to do this over the course of a few weeks. When most of them were finished, I heard questions like, “So, what are you reading now?” and “I’m on Amazon downloading such and such book.” I don’t know about you, but getting in the habit of reading a book instead of watching another reality show about housewives (who probably don’t read much) is a great thing.
2. **Reading “Fifty” has strengthened the bonds of women for the better** Women love to gossip. They love to gossip over lunch, in carpool, at the gym, on their cell phones, after church and now, what do I over hear??? “Okay, what part are you on?” and when I listen a little closer, sure enough, they are talking about “Fifty.” I run with a friend three times a week and I cannot tell you how fast the runs go because we are just rehashing everything we have been reading. How cool that this trio of books has given us something else to talk about? Yes, we are bonding over literature!
3. **Reading “Fifty” has made us better wives/lovers** Yes, I am going to talk about sex here. This is where I hear the most complaining about why the book is “so bad for women.” Now, if you haven’t read the book, stop reading this post RIGHT HERE. I’m not spoiling it but I don’t want to wreck it for anyone. All right, everyone that has finished all three books knows that this is a TOTALLY monogamous relationship. Christian makes this VERY clear right at the beginning. The sex acts are performed, for the most part, in their own houses (cars, hotel rooms..okay, the occasional elevator) by two CONSENTING ADULTS. In today’s society where everyone from your next door neighbor to celebrities, to sports figures and politicians are engaging in affairs, how refreshing to read three books where not ONCE is there an ounce of adultery? Now, I am NOT saying that I want to be bound and gagged but does reading this make me want to be a little sexier with my husband? YES!!!! And that, my friends, is a very good thing. I don’t think there is a husband on this planet that would complain about that.
There you have it. Three reasons why I KNOW I am a better gal for having read the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy.
P.S. I love it so much that I made a board for it on Pinterest!