Produced by Kristen Meinzer for The Takeaway. Originally published February 13th, 2015.
“Cindy Gallop is the creator of the website “Make Love Not Porn” and the author of “Make Love, Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior.” She says the film and book have changed our conversations and perceptions about sex in America. But she argues that “Fifty Shades of Grey” also gets a lot wrong.
“I’m very conflicted about ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” says Gallop. “There are three reasons I hate it and there are three reasons I love it.”
Gallop says she hates “Fifty Shades of Grey”—both the book and the film—because the novel was badly written and the movie was not particularly riveting. Additionally, she views the franchise as an overdone “Cinderella” story—only this time the prince and princess don leather and chains. Finally, she says the work of fiction also has “all the hallmarks of a thoroughly abusive relationship.”
“The reasons I love it, first it de-kinkifies sex that many more people would be thoroughly enjoying if society hadn’t told them, ‘It’s kinky, you can’t do that,’” she says. “It has obviously galvanized, and the movie will galvanize, a number of relationships and marriages. The third reason I love it is that it socializes sex—it brings it out in the open and it makes it socially acceptable and shareable. Those are three very good things.”
To read more about Cindy’s opinion of “50 Shades of Grey”, check out the rest of the article and listen to the interview here.