The Art of Consent: Sexualities on the Periphery

You may also like...

1 Response

  1. Jessica Gribble says:

    Leaving aside the annoyances of this unedited text, this critique strikes me as not very thoughtful or thorough. “People don’t seem to understand BDSM.” Okay, but why does that matter? What can we learn by understanding alternative sexualities? Why did so many people buy the books if they’re offended by the content? Maybe these books show a divide between people who enjoy sexuality and those who are threatened by it. Why have the people who feel threatened come to dominate the sex ed conversation in this country? Could Fifty Shades be used to teach young people anything about sex? Can young people be trusted to read books critically? What about all the critiques of the book as “bad writing”? Are people so hungry for this information that they’ll read it anyway? Or are the elite using that critique as a way to hide their own discomfort?

    It strikes me that there are many interesting things to say about the Fifty Shades phenomenon. None were said here. And this sentence, I think, is just wrong: “No one interrogates what heterosexual couples do in the bedroom, nor the incessant hook up/bar culture.” As this author seems to understand, our culture spends a lot of time interrogating what everyone does in the bedroom and figuring out what to teach our children about it. (Cosmo Magazine, anyone? And how many studies are now out there about “hookup culture”?)

    I’d love to see TSP take a more nuanced look at Fifty Shades of Grey.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *