Fifty Shades of Grey and Media Literacy by: TheMusicalMidwiferyStudent

This was an excellent post about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. I haven’t seen it yet (waiting for it to be released outside of theatres) but I can’t wait to watch it. You may not know, but my first university degree is in film. I’ve watched a lot of movies and taken many courses on pornography and women and gender studies. I can’t wait to give this film a critical eye!


So, Fifty Shades of Grey the movie came out on Valentine’s Day. And sure as anything, it has generated MUCH critique and review.

One critique has popped up multiple times on my Facebook feed entitled “A Letter to my Children About Fifty Shades of Grey”. The link is often accompanied by a message with “if you have any self respect for yourself, you will NOT see this movie, and you will NOT have read the books!”. (a small aside – part of being media literate and being able to properly critique of a book or movie involves actually READING or VIEWING it – self-respect to be had or lacking).

I’ll let you read the article for yourself:

I’m not going to delve into what I think of the book. I’m not going to get into why it’s horribly written, glamorizes intimate partner abuse, and gives BDSM a bad name…

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