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Wearside women to burn copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
8:00am Friday 24th August 2012 in News
abuse charity plans to burn copies of the best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, claiming it could incite violence towards women.
The trilogy, which carries a strong sadism and masochism theme, became the fastest-selling paperbacks of all time when they were released earlier this year and have been flying off the shelves since.
But Clare Phillipson, director of Wearside ’s Women in Need, called for the trilogy to be binned.
She said: “It normalises abuse, degrades women and encourages sexual violence.
“With it being in the media so much many men and women have rushed out to buy it, and many have come to me and told me how distressed they are by what’s written.
“Passages in it are about women submitting to men, obeying their orders and violence being used in a sexual and erotic manner. It’s disgusting and sends out the wrong message.”
Ms Phillipson said the books also send out a confusing message to vulnerable women about how they should behave sexually.
She said: “I’ve come across people who have been confused by it, people who have been enraged by it and others that are bewildered.
“Some women come away thinking ‘is this how I should be behaving in the bedroom’ and ‘is there something wrong with me because I’m not’ and that’s not right.
“It sends out the idea that this kind of Mr Rochester character is a heroic romantic and masculine in his domination.
“Really he controls the powerless, unworldly girl who must submit to his temper. It is not how a relationship between a man and woman should be.”
Wearside Women in Need is launching a campaign called Fifty Shades of Abuse.
The charity plans on collecting copies of the books until November 5, when it will hold a bonfire and burn them.
A spokeswoman for Random House, which publishes the series, said: “The Fifty Shades trilogy is romantic fiction and the sex scenes in the book are entirely consensual and the woman involved is a willing participant.”
The charity has invited people to drop the books off at its head office in Front Street, Concord, Washington , Wearside.