Radio Times

The Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon

May 30, 2012

Hour 2

All across America, on their e-readers, I-Pads and in paperback, women of all ages have voraciously been reading Fifty Shades of Grey,¬† the first in a trilogy of erotic novels by British author E. L. James.¬†¬† Described as “mommy porn,” the story centers around a virginal college student and her dominant-submissive sexual relationship with an older, handsome billionaire.¬†¬† While there’s nothing new about the bodice-ripping genre of fiction, Fifty Shades of Grey is different — it’s far more graphic than the typical damsel in distress story and as a result has a result has a lot of people thinking and talking about their own sexual relationships.¬† So what’s all the fuss about?¬†¬† And why now?¬† Do the books say anything new about the lives of women and their sexual desires and fantasies?¬† We turn to Indiana University sexual research scientist DEBBY HERBENICK and writer TRACY CLARK-FLORY to help us understand the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon.

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