Name: Anastasia Hassiotis
Region: United States
Sub-concepts: violence, power, desire
Description: Ever since the release of 50 Shades of Grey, criticism has risen with regards to the concepts of pleasure and violence and how these are depicted in the book and upcoming movie. Through the use of this novel, it seems that people’s perspective and use of violence, as a tool of pleasure, has changed raising concerns about human relationships.
Interpretation: From books to media and the internet, these tools have always had the power into society’s norms and habits. It’s been a couple of years since the first book of 50 Shades of Grey was published and its content shows a rather different point of view with regards to how violence and dominance can create pleasure. What is very surprising is that a great population around the world has positively responded to this intimate partner violence and how men can disempower women as an excuse of providing desire and pleasure. The reason behind this phenomenon stands in the belief that what can be seen in the “big screen” as pleasurable and even entertaining can produce the same outcome in real life, whereas inexperienced practitioners of BDSM sexual practice do not usually take into consideration that they could harm themselves or their partners. In addition, the concept of power gets to be questioned as a means to reach pleasure; the protagonist of the movie has complete dominance of his partner, while the partner is trying to manipulate her behavior to keep peace in their relationship. This use of the concept of power provides readers and viewers with a wrongful idea that it is completely acceptable to verbally or physically abuse women and other people during intimate moments.