Skip to comments.The 50 Shades of Grey Phenomenon
Posted on 07/16/2012 1:19:46 PM PDT by Kaslin
Snerdley, have you read the novel 50 Shades of Grey? (interruption) Well, let me tell you something. You need to get it. (interruption) Yeah, because... See, Snerdley thinks that he is the Dr. Ruth of men. (interruption) I'm getting there. I'm being asked questions here. I'm getting to the answers that you all want. I'd never heard of it 'til yesterday. So I'm reading Page Six in the New York Post, and I see that movie rights have been negotiated for this book.
They describe a little bit of the book. It's a chick book, written by a woman. It's about... (interruption) Well, they had these kind of books in the seventies. The Sensuous Woman by "J." You remember that one? There were a couple of others back then. The Happy Hooker, this kind of thing. This one, apparently, tops all of those. It... (interruption) Well, it's graphic. Yeah, it's graphic. (interruption) Yeah. Yeah, I was compelled to buy the thing when I was reading about it. So I started reading a little bit last night.
Last night about 10:30 during a Breaking Bad commercial break, I turned to Kathryn and said, "Have you ever heard of this 50 Shades of Grey business?" She looked at me. (laughing) "Where did YOU hear about that!" She said, "Everybody's telling me to read it. All my friends are telling me to read it, and I'm not reading it because everybody else is," which is like me. Conventional wisdom goes one way; I go the other. Kathryn and I are both that way. Whatever the pack's doing, we do the opposite. So she hasn't read it.
I said, "You need to get it." Her friends are describing this in detail. It's typical. It's a woman writing her own fantasies in the form of a novel. (interruption) That's right, Snerdley. Snerdley is getting all excited in there. And I guarantee you what's gonna happen. Every guy that reads this book is gonna say, "Yeah, that's me! That's me." As she describes her fantasy, they'll say, "That's me." Every guy that reads it says, "Yep, yep, yep. I already got this down pat. That's me, that's me."
You're gonna do that, Snerdley, when you read it. "Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. That's commonplace. Oh, yeah, I do that all the time."
RUSH: Now, folks, before you go buy this book, stop and listen to me. You need to know some things, because I am not recommending it. It's totally up to you. But I want you to know that. I don't want to have anybody get the wrong idea about what this book is. This book is about S&M. This book is anti-feminist porn. There is not a feminist in this world who will love this book. This is a book about totally domineering men. Well, "a" totally domineering man. He calls himself "The Dominant."
The female object in the book is "The Submissive." She signs a nondisclosure agreement. She promises not to tell a soul about anything. There are rules. The best description of this book that I've seen is "mommy porn." It is aimed at bored housewives and mothers. The author of this book is making a million dollars a week on residuals. It came out in April. It's part of a trilogy and 50 Shades of Grey is first. But this is all about how women want to be submissive. It defies everything feminism supposedly teaches.
It says that being submissive is the ultimate empowerment.
It started out as a self-published book developed on a fan fiction website, but the website pulled it 'cause it was too dirty. So she put it on her own website. You can get it as an e-book, but I don't want anybody getting the wrong idea. It's not The Sensuous Woman. It's not a lighthearted romp. I don't want anybody getting the idea here that I misled you into buying this thing, 'cause it's... I mean, the fun for me is I would love to see Hillary Clinton reading this book, or I would love to see Molly Yard reading it.
It'd just send 'em into orbit.
But there's no romance.
It isn't a romance book.
It is not about love, nothing of the sort. So don't anybody get the wrong idea and go out and buy this thing thinking, "Well, you know, if Rush talked about it..." (laughing) Would it make The Oprah Book Club? Uhhh, the jury's still out on that question. If somebody could convince Oprah of the author's premise that submission is ultimate empowerment, then Oprah would go for it. That's what Oprah's all about is "empowerment." So it's possible. But I don't know that that's the case, and if you're using that to buy it, don't.
I don’t get the 50 shades thing or the Twilight series either.
Thank you for posting this. My friends were recommending this and I thought it was just a more graphic romance novel. Now I know that I WILL NOT be buying this book.
The book is based on not just a story that was pulled from a website... it was a Twilight Fan Fiction. The names were changed for the 50 shades release.
Makes sense now, doesn’t it ?
Also, the book is meant to gauge control factors in the population. It seems that role-models are gone, and now it’s all about glorifying submission.
I don’t think it will be on my reading list anytime soon.
I will be glad when the hype about this stupid book is over......It appears bored housewives aren’t the only people to be reading it either seems it’s a big hit with teen girls.
I work with mostly women and they talk about it in the break room quite often.
No kidding, the women who dig this stuff are Obama voters for sure!
50 Shades is a Romney campaign effort, Twilight is a Hillary campaign effort.
In Twilight, not only are all men not to be considered by women, but even of-age teenage males can't actually be alive. In the Hillary School of Total Female Destruction, the only good man is a dead man, so the horny Hillary followers said, "fine, I'll read stories about screwing dead teenage boys and then you can't say I'm wrong."
50 Shades came out of Romney's war room where they were trying to figure out how to get the Hillary vote. They decided to combine sex fantasies with what they believe to be Mitt's main coloring attraction, and then flip the dynamic to the opposite of the Hillary commands - i.e. submission instead of domination - because they paid for an expensive shrink to tell them what to do.
Ya'll think I'm joking.
It may be hard to swallow Rush, but I'd bet Hillary did plenty of submitting to land her Bubba.
Even a lot of mommy porn afficianados are panning this one.
Thank you and thank Rush and Katherine from sparing me..I have friends who devour romance novels. Not for me...I’ve read some tolerable stuff they gave me, like Nora Roberts to pass the hours when I was taking care of my mother. This doesn’t sound like ‘it.’.
In fact the only really good ‘chick book’ series (if you want to call it that) that I have read were the “Clan of the Cave Bear” series by Jean Auel. They were outstanding.
The irony is that if men in the workplace talked in a break room about a similar book that they read, and women overheard it, the phones in the HR department would melt down.
Michelle Obama is reading the 57 Shades of Grey
...or so I’ve heard.
True dat. My wife likes to know what all the fuss is about, so she read it.
She read me passages. It's so banal as to be pukeworthy, but the S&M angle is apparently exciting for many (not for her).
great one linear.
I have a friend who read the trilogy. She has become obsessed with it. She talks about Christian Grey like he really exists. She ran out and bought gray and blue contact lenses so she and her husband can role play as the characters from the book. She now wants a pair of silver ben-wa balls that apparently figure prominently in the book. And all I can think is why in the world would you find a mental case like this guy appealing in any way, shape or form and fantasize about a sexual relationship based on mutual degradation? Gross!
To be honest ..... I don't understand what all the hype is about a bunch of paint brochures and swatches!!!!
If there is any justice in the world some man should file a sexual harassment complaint against these women with the HR department so women can get a taste of their own medicine.
When you head off down the S&M road we are now talking about actually harming people. Sorry, no thanks. I’d actually be forced to side with the Feminazis on that one.
There are many women who like “bad boys”.
There is a reason prominent convicted murderers get multiple solicitations while serving a life sentence.
Some are women with “daddy issues” stemming from our single parent, divorced culture. They want a man who is their father and master.
The popularity of this book is all easily explained and understood as appealing to a subculture and something subconscious in many women, even if they do not openly admit it or realize it.
Unfortunately, the popularity of the book will expand and extend this subculture to the conscious level. Expect S&M clubs and domination to rise from the shadows (where it exists today) to something that MUST be accepted (so we will be told).
I tried to read it. The story was so insipid that I couldn’t get past the half way point.
My wife, who writes for a living, could not get passed ten pages.
Our good friend, who is an author—like she gets paid a lot to write—said she couldn’t get past page three.
I think all of us like sex. But, reading poorly written porn is simply absurd. If I wanted that, I could have read Penthouse forum. At least that has pictures.
Somehow I don't think that women who've ever been abused by husbands, boyfriends, etc. would find the "submission" tying up, spanking, dog collars, etc. "romantic or fanciful turn-ons."
You're right, Twilight could work for Obama too, not just Hillary.
Thanks for pointing that out.
It isn't a romance book.
It is not about love, nothing of the sort
Next you'll be telling me there aren't any vampires in it.
What is this world coming to, anyway?
You wish that. Twilight -- written by a Mormon and nobody is having sex.
Romney's a fan.
I’ll betcha the “feminazi’s” are the main readers of this stuff...
Yeah, sure, I have friends telling me to read it. But the two turn offs I have heard about it are that it’s poorly written (I have low tolerance for that) and that it’s about s&m and I am just very not interested. Nothing I have heard from these swooning friends makes me want to get it. To each their own.
Oh, that review is priceless!
I never heard of this book until I clicked on this thread title, and I’ll probably forget I heard of it soon after I post this reply.
I like fantasy books. The Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind are quite good.
And shortly thereafter, no men would be still employed there.
Thank you for that review link.
I had no idea, until this thread, that this great over-hyped series of.. belch, was originally Twilight FanFic. Now I have a perfectly good reason, aside from the fact this trilogy is disturbing on many levels, that I can’t imagine that FanFic S&M about Twilight is entertaining.
The review was entertaining though, good thing I hadn’t taken a sip of my drink before reading. :-)
NOOOOOOOOO, not Clan of the Cave Bear!
Anyhow. A conservative man I know recommended the Grey series to me. We have traded the names of a few conservitive political books.
So when I looked this up on Amazon I was thinking that perhaps it was a series on the Civil War.
Now why would this conservitive old geezer tell this blushing conservative grass-widdow to read this series?
One shade for each state.