What do 50 Shades of Grey and Starving Children Have in Common?

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  1. THIS. all of this. it makes me crazy. there are so many more important things we need to be talking about than 50 shades of gray + whether or not women should be allowed to wear yoga pants in public.

  2. Heather says:

    I think this was so well said but I wouldn't anything less from you. Opinions! They drive me crazy when there are so many better things for people to be concerned about. I didn't read it as a fanfic because I'm sure it was even WORSE, but it was a huge part of the community I spent time in and I was curious once it became so HUGE! Thanks for sharing this and looking at another side.

  3. I am not a fan of the idea of 50 Shades of Grey, but I have never felt compelled to rant about simply because it is one of those things that if someone is going to read the book or see the movie, they are going to do it. If their conscience is not bugging them about it, a facebook link probably won't change their mind. I feel this way about most opinions shared on social media, though. If you know of someone in your own life who is struggling, talk to them in person. I really can't imagine that links sharing your opinions are all that persuasive. I vote for more face-to-face conversations. šŸ™‚

  4. I'm so sick of seeing these articles, too.

    But I will say that I understand people feeling the need to share them. As 50 Shades of Gray glorifies an abusive relationship, it is frightening to see how popular it is because it reflects on our society and how often people confuse abuse with love. The same conversations happened with Twilight. And as domestic violence is SO prevalent and so little is done to prevent it/punish it/or educate people about it, people see the popularity of 50 shades as an opportunity to bring up important conversations.

    Is it effective? I have no idea. I think, as you said, it is much more effective to have these conversations with the people you've earned the right to talk to. I personally read the books and thought they were dumb, and I don't think they influenced my views on relationships at all. But I do know that the media and entertainment we consume does reinforce really harmful ways of thinking, and so we have to critique popular culture if we hope to see any kind of positive change. But it is hard to find the balance. And the endless think pieces on 50 shades are so annoying now as to be completely ineffective.

  5. Thank you for writing this! I don't agree with the book or the movie so I am not seeing/reading them, but I don't understand why so much time and energy is going into protesting this. There are so many bigger issues to be upset about!

  6. omg this whole post. when i first started reading it I was like… huh? but you made so much sense. couldn't agree more!

  7. Nadine Lynn says:

    Preach it girl! Yes yes yes!!!

    The thing is, if people are publicly complaining about the book they are the ones giving it all the attention and making people want to see what all the fuss is about!!! I just dont understand how this book effects anyone?! Let's focus on more important things!!!!!

  8. PREACH. This is so true on so many levels. But I'm not going to complain about people complaining about a book. I'll just agree with you.

  9. Preach it sista! It's amazing how many people can jump on a freaking bandwagon… it makes something (like this book/movie) turn into white noise.

  10. Kylie says:

    I love your post. I couldn't agree more that people tend to jump on a bandwagon to complain about something, but never actually do anything to fix the problem or help the people who truly suffer or need help. I am a middle school counselor in an area where sex trafficking is high (let's face it sex trafficking is high a lot of places these days). Our young girls need to be provided the tools they need to be educated and protect themselves, complaints don't do the same as providing resources and education. Again, love your point of view!

  11. Vicki says:

    You said it perfectly!! It's getting so annoying that everyone feels the need to nitpick on every movie/book/song etc that comes out when there are so many other actual urgent things that need our attention!

  12. I just don't appreciate that the author stole the story from another author. That is disgraceful.

  13. Yesssss. Oh my goodness. I haven't read the book and haven't seen the movie. But FOR THE LOVE. If I see another tweet/post/article about it, I might scream. Get a life. Go protest something worthwhile. Sigh. Anyway, thank you for this, glad to know I'm not the only person who feels this way and has had enough!!! šŸ™‚

  14. Kati Rose says:

    The one thing I will give when people complain about the book is if they can connect it to real life and use it as a ground for furthering discussion on the actual issues. For example, when it first came out my school hosted a speaker who talked about our culture's romanticism of abuse and tied it into the book (and other things) If it's just pointless complaining to complain or judge that's the worst.

  15. Kathleen says:

    Oh my goodness I could not agree with you more. The amount of energy people are putting into convincing others to not see the movie/read the book is completely ridiculous. Plus they're only giving it more publicity by talking about it so much. I personally see it as a work of FICTION and if you cannot separate yourself from something that is completely made up then you have bigger things to worry about. I've seen it and read the book and I know/understand that its a made up story, it's not real life. But anyway, I really liked this post and totally agree that people need to put their time and energy into something a little more important! šŸ™‚

  16. Girl! I wrote a similar post on last Thursday! YAAAAS!

  17. Kenzie Smith says:

    I absolutely love this. You are so right in saying that there are bigger and much more important issues that should be brought to light over 50 Shades of Gray. Just the other week my son was wasting quite a bit of food, finally I had enough and I told him that there are kids in Africa who are starving and would love to have this food and if he doesn't stop wasting it he will no longer be getting dessert or any snacks. We often forget that we have been given so many luxuries while others are forced to go without the most basic necessities. If you want to stand up and fight for something or put energy into a cause, make it worthy.
    On a lighter note, there was a big stink about yoga pants? I must have missed that altogether.

  18. Susan Stange says:

    I don't know a whole lot about 50 Shades of Grey except that it's about a super rich, good-looking guy who sexually abuses a young woman and it is VERY descriptive. I will NEVER read this book and I DO NOT think it should have been written, much less made into a movie.

    However, I am totally on your side about the over-article writing, over-exposure that it is getting. It's a book. It was written. It's vulgar. It's not for me. Done. I'm not going to beat a dead horse.

  19. lisa says:

    So true! I don't have any interest in it, but it's crazy how much I still hear about it on Twitter, and can know about it without ever even reading the book or watching the movie. All this hating on popular things is a total waste of energy and just gives it more publicity, so what's the point.

  20. Amen! I casually mentioned to a few people I saw the 50 Shades movie, and I so wasn't prepared for the rants that followed. I can't believe how quickly people are to get up in a tizzy over a ridiculous work of fiction (that everyone already knows is ridiculous).

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