Despite what some folks may tell you . . . bodice rippers have always held an appeal for adult women who enjoy reading. Recently, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James has been selling a LOT of copies and women’s book clubs are going crazy with how engaging her story of submissive sexuality is . . . we’re talking captive readers.
The D/s scenes are all consensual and James does not cross the line into untoward material let alone the rape fantasies some critics are reading into the beastie and yet there are folks who fear this sort of material, thinking that a woman enjoying her man taking charge in the bedroom somehow denigrates her personhood . . . uh, folks it’s consensual and the readers are intelligent enough to understand the difference between fantasy and real life . . . it may spice up their fantasy and sexual lives but it ain’t going to throw ’em back into the stone age.
Fantasy is a good thing and submissive sexual scenes have always been a top fantasy for women . . . read fantasy . . . bodice rippers allow women to vicariously explore ideas and scenes in a healthy and playful way.
Here’s a discussion worth noting:
Yep, a whole slew of women say they found the book to be very engaging and fantasy-rich and more . . . that they found it exciting in a very positive way . . . yet, the overt sexual surrendering and playful erotic material disturbs Dr. Drew who seems to be reading a lot more into the material than is there and even if it were very very very rough play, it’s still consensual (don’t get me wrong, I’m not all that interested in really rough play but I am adult enough to allow consenting adults who keep things safe, sane, and informed consensual to do what they do in the privacy of their own minds). Of course, I’m the guy who teaches folks to enjoy their fantasies via experiential hypnosis (and, yes, that can include consenting adult D/s themes for many folks as well) so I imagine some of what I teach might seem off the wall to the critics who are trying to protect women from the very bodice-rippers they enjoy.
The concerns that James plagiarized Master of the Universe Fifty Shades is particularly interesting since James wrote both works (the latter under a pseudonym).
All the best,