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I stopped in Target tonight to pick up some things. As I strolled past the book section, I glanced at the end display of Fifty Shades of Grey (which, for anyone out of the loop for terrible American summer reading, is a trilogy about...well, I don't exactly know, but I think someone gets in a sub/dom or S&M style relationship and it kind of goes on for three books. Maybe there's kidnapping and raping in there, too? Anyway, its target audience is 20-50 year old women, naturally.).

FSoG is kind of a joke to me, so I did my usual eye roll and amused smile until I looked down to the second shelf of the display and saw the first two books of Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty series, at which point I uttered, "Holy shit!". The Taking of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, and whatever the next book was called were originally released under a pseudonym. They depict the selling or giving away of Beauty by her family to some royalty from a distant land. She is taken there for the express purpose of making her a sex slave. There are lots of sex slaves there, male and female, and a whole society of horny nobles. Pretty much any combination of body parts and orifices gets lengthy treatment, as well as a long, long list of humiliations.

Folks, it is straight up, uncut, letters to Penthouse level porn. But classy, you know, because Anne Rice wrote it. I was dating someone who was into them, so I read them. Spanktacular. I was like 19, and it was porn, so everything was all right.

But it's weird to me to see it in Target, prominently displayed. Perhaps FSoG is just as raunchy, so they figured "What the hell? Sell more books!!", but I just can't imagine a novel more raunchy than any of the Sleeping Beauty novels. I'm not really a prude about this sort of thing, it just seems like...a large step away from the careful business model that Target has been following. Plus, you could almost feel all of those books in the Joel Osteen section glaring disapprovingly at that endcap. I went over and reminded them that Mrs. Rice re-devoted herself to Catholicism a few years ago, so it's ok, I'm sure the money will go to something holy.
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Please, they teach Pride and Prejudice in high schools!!!!! Our morals have just been completely turned upside down by Obama.
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Fully 20 percent of young adult literature today is soft core porn (usually involving vampires) for teenage girls. After all that sparkly dry humping, they need something a little harder when they grow up.
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I thought this post was going to be about my saturday nights.
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slowcorner wrote:
I stopped in Target tonight to pick up some things. As I strolled past the book section, I glanced at the end display of Fifty Shades of Grey (which, for anyone out of the loop for terrible American summer reading, is a trilogy about...well, I don't exactly know, but I think someone gets in a sub/dom or S&M style relationship and it kind of goes on for three books. Maybe there's kidnapping and raping in there, too? Anyway, its target audience is 20-50 year old women, naturally.).


Fun fact: FSoG is re-themed Twilight fanfiction. The main character was originally Bella.

Oh, wait, that's not a fun fact it's horrifying.

Another horrifying thing: when my mother (who is in her sixties) called to say that she had read the first two books in an evening, and was saving the third for later. Gee, thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it, did you really need to share. gulpgulpgulpgulpgulp
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Liquor? I didn't even touch-her!
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Perhaps a "Rabbits on SatC" moment? Something new becoming acceptable for women, but merely "accepted" for men?
 
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I know the porn industry is hurting with all the free stuff and webcams out there. Maybe publishers are refocusing on literature which is harder for amateurs to reproduce. I think we all have erotica inside us ready to be written. Nor sure mine could be published though.
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What? Never read Marquis de Sade?
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I don't think Target selling these books is a simple black or white issue.

Women have been reading torrid romance novels for 50 years. It doesn't mean they have some newfound urge to have a strong dominant figure push their limits.

For me, if the book goes over 10% porn, I lose interest in it. I've ready plenty of porn already and I'm looking for a good story.

More women submissives can never be a bad thing. arrrh

It's ironic considering how many males are emasculated in real life.
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Light the candles, pour the skinny girl margarita, and pop open 50 shades of grey...It's ladies night!
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This brilliant review of FSoG was circulating the Intertubes yesterday.
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Golux13 wrote:
This brilliant review of FSoG was circulating the Intertubes yesterday.


Aha. Ok, so a completely different beast from Sleeping Beauty, which had almost no story aside from nearly constant sexual humiliation and copulation in every combination of genders. There may have even been a dog or horse in there, but my brain is programmed to go "Lalalalalala!!!" over those parts.
 
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Light the candles, pour the skinny girl margarita, and pop open 50 shades of grey...It's ladies night!

And don't forget the spare batteries!



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In all seriousness, are there any women here on RSP who will stand up in support of this FSoG rubbish?
 
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Speaking of Pride and Prejudice
http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_21111576/pride-a...
 
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garygarison wrote:
In all seriousness, are there any women here on RSP who will stand up in support of this FSoG rubbish?


I'd say that finding one is about as likely as finding a man who's willing to stand up in support of Maxim on Ravelry.com.
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Not the same. RSP is all about holding forth on what you believe in.
 
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...and then standing there and taking the ridicule.
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garygarison wrote:
Not the same. RSP is all about holding forth on what you believe in.


I think a lot more women like porn and erotica than is sometimes assumed. They just tend to be more discreet about it. So don't expect a big outpouring of outrage. Humans of both sexes like wild fantasies sometimes, especially when they appeal to our most basic and strongest instinct. Of course that does not apply to everyone but perhaps more than may be assumed sometimes.

This has always been the case throughout human history (some Victorian erotica is obscene and was from a very strict sexual age) Humans are more than capable of separating fantasy from reality so the sky won't fall on our heads.

If you are going by the 'debasing women' argument that is for women to say not us men. In my experience most really do not care about it or enjoy it.

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maxo-texas wrote:
I don't think Target selling these books is a simple black or white issue.



You're right, it's definitely something in between black and white.
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Reish Galuta wrote:
maxo-texas wrote:
I don't think Target selling these books is a simple black or white issue.



You're right, it's definitely something in between black and white.


It's nice to be noticed tho sometimes I just drop them in for my own benefit.
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garygarison wrote:
In all seriousness, are there any women here on RSP who will stand up in support of this FSoG rubbish?


no...its very badly written, much like the 'twilight' series.

they sell George R R Martin books at Target too [known to be a bit on the brutally raunchy side sometimes]

Guys not sure about the US but here in Oz Mills and Boon sell in target/kmart and some of them are hot reads...especially the Blaze subset no sweeping dresses or polite blushes there.just the back of a cowboys truck or the Millionaires Bentley....LOL
Back to Fsog...repetitive and of shock value, I write erotic short stories and think mine are a better read than Fsog....but the concept does work for women who are nowhere near as visual as men.

now lets see...candles, wine, fresh batteries....the woman is sorted!!!
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