50 Shades Of Grey
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In everyday life and in the news in 2012, a lot of phrases got thrown around that fast became pretty cliche.
Here’s a small list of a few that got up our noses last year.
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Given the opportunity to create their perfect day for a research project, 900 women prioritised 106 minutes of romance with their partner.
Ideally eight hours sleep would precede the love-in, and 86 minutes of socialising was tagged onto the end of the day, but “intimate time” rated the highest and the most important activity of their perfect day.
But all I take from the study, conducted by researchers for the Journal of Economic Psychology, is a projection of women as a bunch of love-starved, vacuous, and needy individuals who define themselves by their relationships. So how come I don’t know one single woman like that?
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Some call it “erotic fiction”. Others, “those steamy books my friends have been buzzing about”. The 50 Shades trilogy by E.L. James is, however, probably best known for popularising one term in particular: “mummy porn”.
Just to save you a possibly embarrassing Google search with potentially bizarre results, that refers to porn for mothers, and has nothing to do with people having a sexy time whilst wrapped head-to-toe in bandages. Although, Rule 34 of the Internet says that’s probably out there somewhere too.
For the very few who are still yet to find out about this whole phenomenon, Wikipedia will tell you the plot of the first book, 50 Shades of Grey, is about:
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The first I heard about “50 Shades of Grey”, was that one friend had borrowed it from another on a plane, and the one that had borrowed it then proceeded to read it without stopping for the remainder of the nine-hour trip.
“So what sort of a book is it?” I asked my informant. “One with a lot of sex”, that was guaranteed to “get you all worked up”, she replied.
A fortnight later, perusing the bestseller lists, “50 Shades of Grey” popped up again. It turned out it was a trilogy, and that all three titles were dominating mainstream and independent bestseller lists.
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