Fifty Shades of Grey criticised for 'glamorising' domestic violence

By Lenore Rice

The book trilogy 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was an unlikely mainstream success with readers across the world, and the movie adaptation being released on Valentine's days is expected to be a huge hit, but there are a number of campaigns that allege that the story glamorises domestic violence.

One such campaign is 'Fifty Shades is Domestic Abuse' which is run by Natalie Collins. She argues that the relationship portrayed in the book is an abusive one, and that the behaviour of the male lead is only normalised by the fact that he is "rich and very attractive". She says that in real life, the activities of the character Christian Grey would fall under domestic abuse - tracking a partner's phone, and effectively stalking them and exerting a huge degree of control over their life.

Ms Collins feels that the trilogy of books 'romanticise and celebrate' domestic violence, and is concerned that the success of the franchise is adding credibility to the behaviour described in the relationship between the two characters. She believes it will normalise very abusive relationships and have a negative impact on young people. She says that "the story line is a classic portrayal of an abuser; manipulating, coercing his partner into all sorts of things she doesn't want to do and essentially gaining a lot of control."

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