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Friday, August 24, 2012

Domestic Violence Charity Will Host a Burning of Fifty Shades of Grey: What Do You Think?

Posted by on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Clare Phillipson runs a women's domestic violence charity in Great Britain. And now she's all over the internet for a dumb reason: She's going to hold a Fifty Shades of Grey bonfire on November 5th.

“It’s absolutely disgusting,” she told the Echo. “[Fifty Shades of Grey] normalises abuse, degrades women and encourages sexual violence.

“With it being in the media so much many men and women have rushed out to buy it, and many have come to me and told me how distressed they are by what’s written.

“Passages in it are about women submitting to men, obeying their orders and violence being used in a sexual and erotic manner. It’s disgusting and sends out the wrong message...In this day and age, books like this should not be written.

“They send out the wrong message and are in fact encouraging abuse, sexism and misogyny.”

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Who says feminists suck all the pleasure out of life?
Posted by Sugartits on August 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM · Report this
Dougsf 2
However worthy her cause, no one has every been on the right side while burning books.
Posted by Dougsf on August 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
So long as there isn't a burn ban at the time.

Almost done with my first draft of "Mutt Romney: A Tale Of A French Castle Dwelling Dog".
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 4
I don't agree with burning any books. Though people who like this book..I can see burning them at the stake.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on August 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM · Report this
Setting books on fire en masse never places you more solidly on the right side of history.

But on another note: why doesn't this blog entry have a link? Wouldn't that be appropriate?
Posted by Morosoph on August 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM · Report this
Hard to believe that modern civilized people see any benefit in burning books. Just don't buy the book in the first place. By now everyone knows what it's about.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on August 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 7
I say BURN. It'll produce a lot of Slog comments. We love a kuhn-TROV-er-see.
Posted by dnt trust me on August 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM · Report this
I'm with @4. But I think she is thinking about it being November 5-- that's Guy Fawkes Night, which is when the English have bonfires and fireworks and burn little dollies in effigy.
Posted by MarBeth on August 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM · Report this
I'm, like, fifty shades of who gives a fuck.
Posted by SPG on August 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 10
If the burning gets them all hot and sweaty and they take their clothes off and start mud wrestling each other... then I'd be ok with it.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on August 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 11
Um, let me see. People READ the book and then cry about it. Fucking stupid assholes. Don't read the book you turds.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on August 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM · Report this
They're encouraging people to buy the book so they can go and burn them. This doesn't seem well thought out.
Posted by ishf on August 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 13
The human right to let your soul fly free and naked
Above the violence of the fearful and sad.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on August 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM · Report this
They should burn all the e-books.
Posted by BLUE on August 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM · Report this
Maybe she's more of a Domme.
Posted by Spike1382 on August 24, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 16
If they really opposed violence against women they would be burning Korans, and Bibles.

But seriously 50 shades of grey seems like a shitty book (and who can people not know all kinds of sexual shit has been happening for years) if you don't like a book don't read it. Pretty simple as opposed to buy a copy then burn it. Way to sick it to the man.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on August 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 17
The church of matches
Grows fat by breathing in the smoke of dreams
Posted by Matt the Engineer on August 24, 2012 at 3:56 PM · Report this
The Max 18
Book burning is the way of the enemy. We will have no truck with it. Even if their anti-kink hand wringing is indeed righteous. Even if 50SoG is a really shitty book. Really shitty books have value as foils for books that are not really shitty. Anyone who wants to send precious printed knowledge up in flames is afraid of that knowledge and are playing into the enemy's hands.
Posted by The Max on August 24, 2012 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Fistique 19
If I can put on my Mudede hat for a moment (it should be easy, I've had a glass of wine already)...

BDSM can only succeed in gaining acceptance by distancing itself from domestic abuse at every possible opportunity.
Posted by Fistique on August 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM · Report this
sirkowski 20
Let's bring back the Comic Code too!
Posted by sirkowski on August 24, 2012 at 8:34 PM · Report this
is the book more popular than Jesus?
Posted by myr on August 25, 2012 at 6:00 AM · Report this
Why burn it like a Nazi when you can recycle it like a nice tree-hugger? A charity I work with gets a lot of book donations, and I have no qualms about taking the really shitty old paperbacks to the recycling bin. Letting that crap sit on the shelves does nothing to advance the cause of culture. This book should be no different. Whatever you do, for fuck's sake don't buy new copies just to burn.
Posted by Prettybetsy on August 25, 2012 at 6:27 AM · Report this
dlauri 23
How fun that Clare Phillipson of Wearside Women in Need has generated all this publicity for her organization! How sad that their website — — hasn't been updated in years. :(
Posted by dlauri on August 25, 2012 at 7:02 AM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 24
The library system I work for just received a bunch of new copies of Anne Rice's "Sleeping Beauty" trilogy.

I can't decide if it's because of a revived interest in erotica in general due to 50 Shades, or if people are coming in to libraries and saying, "I'd like to read some non-shitty erotica please."
Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on August 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM · Report this
No, burning books is never the answer, unless it is nuclear winter and then, maybe, start burning the shitty books first (50 Shades qualifies).
Posted by Bugnroolet on August 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM · Report this
Good grief. Anyone who can't tell the difference between consensual BDSM and domestic abuse is either a moron or too lazy to learn something about a subject before they spout off about it.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on August 25, 2012 at 5:31 PM · Report this

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