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‘50 Shades of Grey’ Is The Subject Of A Course At American University
Daily Beast ^ | Dec 28, 2012 4:45

Posted on 12/30/2012 8:38:10 PM PST by drewh

Sex educator and American University adjunct professor Stef Woods didn't see "mommy porn" when she first heard buzz about the E.L. James erotic romance bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. Having taught college classes on activism and social media and sexuality and social media, Woods found the combination of number of books sold, media hype, and issues related to female sexuality, fan fiction, and social media compelling enough to successfully propose “Contemporary American Culture: The 50 Shades Trilogy,” which she will teach to 25 students starting in January.

“It never crossed my mind to use another book for a case study,” she wrote on her blog, City Girl. The class already has a waiting list, and is filled mostly with senior honors students (22 or 23 of whom, according to Woods, are female). “No other contemporary text on sexuality has transformed American culture the way that this series has."

In her blog post, Woods outlined several key areas the curriculum will cover, with students answering questions such as “Evaluate the relationship in the book in light of our readings on domestic violence. Are the leads in the trilogy in a healthy or abusive relationship? Why or why not?” and “What was the role of social media in perpetuating the trilogy's success? If you were in charge of marketing the upcoming movies, how would you utilize social media?” Students will be forced to read, write, and analyze critically.

Contrary to a USA Today claim that they’ll be rewriting the first 150 pages, students will instead be asked to rewrite one of the introductory chapters, before Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey consummate their relationship, with an aim to improving it.

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1 posted on 12/30/2012 8:38:16 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

and this course is funded through student loans?

A book that most people have never heard of and probably never will, and many wish they hadn’t heard.

I am sure employers are lining up to hire these graduates.


2 posted on 12/30/2012 8:43:09 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: drewh

As atrocious as the books are their rise is a legitimate thing to study. The fact that fan-fic on the internet could develop such a following that it eventually gets published as books, books that sell almost as well as the books they were fan-ficing, is a pretty significant evolution in how media is developed and distributed. Bummer that it happened with such bad writing, but an interesting event in its own right.


3 posted on 12/30/2012 8:44:32 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: GeronL
Yes, most people have heard of this novel. Believe me, they have. They are making a movie of it. I was in the bookstore the other day and picked up a copy and opened the book to a random chapter and read a random paragraph. The writing was bad. It read like fan fiction on a fanboy site.
4 posted on 12/30/2012 8:49:24 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Perdogg

Why is the Pervert Culture Machine pushing this particular crap so hard?


5 posted on 12/30/2012 8:53:17 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: drewh

gross


6 posted on 12/30/2012 8:56:13 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: drewh

Sad to say, but this school is my alma mater. Ever time I think our society has hit bottom, there’s a little more way to go. God help us.


7 posted on 12/30/2012 9:31:13 PM PST by redpoll
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To: Perdogg

I have several friends who recommended it. My wife actually read it and liked it. I got a couple dozen pages into it and literally got so bored I fell asleep - three different times trying to get to the “just wait, it gets better” part. Yawn, no, I don’t think it does. Boring read, poor style. Unless we get snowed in and I run out of firearms to clean & lube... Then again, this one would be #1 on my list - to use to start a fire in that case.


8 posted on 12/30/2012 9:41:03 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: GeronL

Actually the pervert machine is responding to demand.


9 posted on 12/30/2012 9:43:31 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: GeronL

I’ve read most of the first one-—it is promoting anal sex. It is to normalize homosexual behavior. It glorifies and dwells on perversion—but particularly anal sex.

Children naturally equate anal activity with feces-—so there is still conditioning of the minds of our young who need to be able to join in the Satanic orgies of the Bohemian grove homosexuals and Hollywood types-—who Corey Feldman claimed were all pedophiles-—since he was used and passed around in their orgies.

They are trying to flip our Ethics from the Judeo-Christian one-—to a Satanic/occult/atheist/Marxist/muslim worldview where sodomy is glorified since it is such an assault on God’s Creation and the natural use of the body.

Glorifying homosexual “unions” is glorifying evil, sick, unnatural use of the body. It is irrational and unnatural, besides being evil. Destroy Virtue in people-—like it was in homosexual Rome-—and you will destroy civil society. Pederasty is always a part of homosexual culture—since it is a learned and practiced activity-—like in the Samurai and all ancient cultures and in Afghanistan today.’

Schools and media are trying to force normalization of anal sex. They are doing a very thorough job. Children are learning that Evil is Good by what they are watching on most TV and what is taught in schools (moral relativism).

This is being forced on our children by the Hollywood elite/the One Worlders. They need to kill God. Children with no strong moral principles are never people like Lincoln, W. Wilberforce, Washington, Jefferson, Patton, and Churchill. Without moral giants and leaders—we will be destroyed. Machiavelli in his Discourses on Livy stated that it is particularly important to have a moral military. Now Vice (sodomy) was made “normal” in our military. It was to destroy morality in our troops. The good will drop out or be forced to take “pride” in sodomizing others—destroying Judeo-Christian Ethics.

People with no morality are led by emotions. They have no Virtue. They are good for herd mentality and group think. It is why the Founders stated that with no Virtue—there will be no Freedom.

Cultural Marxists attacked all our institutions in the US—esp. starting in the 50’s with Marcuse to destroy the family and target the children in the public schools and with TV. Sex Education is the easiest method to corrupt children.

http://smashabanana.blogspot.com/2011/06/gyorgy-lukacs-we-will-ruin-mankind-one.html


10 posted on 12/30/2012 9:58:06 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: drewh

The more things change, the more they remain the same.


11 posted on 12/30/2012 10:19:09 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: savagesusie

the anus is an exit not an entrance


12 posted on 12/30/2012 10:32:34 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: drewh

Read and liked 50 Shades of Grey however don’t think it should be a course in college. College costs are rising and people go in debt to be taught such frivolity.


13 posted on 12/30/2012 10:32:39 PM PST by RginTN
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To: savagesusie
From your link:

"Reasoning that if Christian sexual ethics could be undermined among children, then both the hated patriarchal family and the Church would be dealt a crippling blow, Lukacs launched a radical sex education program in the schools. Sex lectures were organized and literature handed out which graphically instructed youth in free love (promiscuity) and sexual intercourse while simultaneously encouraging them to deride and reject Christian moral ethics, monogamy, and parental and church authority. All of this was accompanied by a reign of cultural terror perpetrated against parents, priests, and dissenters."

This is exactly what SEICUS, Planned Parenthood, the NEA and the CDC have been pushing for the last 20+ years.

We are suffering from an ever-present moral and cultural infection.

14 posted on 12/30/2012 10:58:48 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: RginTN

I have never read it and don’t plan to, but I am curious as to what you liked about it.


15 posted on 12/31/2012 5:19:11 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: drewh

It is amazing to see that women flock to reading this trash, and do not realize it is simply a cover for the promotion of pedophilia.

Way to go, feminists!


16 posted on 12/31/2012 5:23:12 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

Long ago, it was Eve who let the snake convince her to eat the apple. Now, she wants a whole bushel...


17 posted on 12/31/2012 5:37:19 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: exit82

I read them & liked them knowing full well they are not in any way great lierature. I AM completely baffled as to how you equate them w/ pedophilia. Did you just completely make that up from thin air?

In fact the whole “plot” is about how children are messed up by uncaring/ sick people & the main chracter is determined to never let that happen to another child. It in NO way glorifies pedophilia.

Like the book or hate it, I repsect that, but don’t just falsely say it promotes soemthing it most definitely does not.


18 posted on 12/31/2012 5:50:43 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: leaning conservative

http://www.revelationsradionews.com/50-shades-of-grey-pedophilia-hiding-in-plain-sight/

For your reading pleasure.


19 posted on 12/31/2012 7:27:43 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: leaning conservative

Yes, I totally agree with you.

I read the trilogy and enjoyed the books. My take was much like yours and I must add, that with love and understanding even the most messed up can find happiness. In the last book of the trilogy, Anna and Christian found true happiness and were building a beautiful family together. The last scene brought tears to my eyes as a badly scared yet highly driven young man found that with love and understanding, he could overcome his past and be a terrific father and husband.

There was no pedophilia involved. The ignoramuses in the MSM who have called it “Mommy Porn” are way off base. In my opinion, it is quite simply, a love story.

HOWEVER, I find it absurd for a College to offer a class on this. Parents should be outraged.


20 posted on 12/31/2012 8:12:39 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

I also read all three books. But I have to admit, I got tired of the repetition. I agree it was a love story.......however unbelievable it may be. They got married like after 3 weeks or so.

My husband read a few pages and was bored to tears and refused to read any more.

What surprised me was when I read that the hotels in Europe were replacing the King James Bible with 50 Shades of Grey.

It is absurd for a college to offer a class on this. How will this help someone get a job? Parents should be outraged and taxpayers should protest. I don’t want my tax money to support this garbage.


21 posted on 12/31/2012 8:30:06 AM PST by agondonter
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To: agondonter

LOL! Yes the repetition was a bit tiring after the first book and I think it was about two months after they met that they married. Met in May married by the end of July...:)

I read for the entertainment value, I also liked Deborah Harkness’s, A Discovery Of Witches, which is part of the All Souls Trilogy. The last book is due out next year (2013). You might enjoy it too.

They are beautifully written with many historic references as Deborah is a Professor and Historian.


22 posted on 12/31/2012 8:44:44 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I have never read it and don’t plan to, but I am curious as to what you liked about it.

This series was an adult take on the Cinderella fantasy. For me it was compelling. Not everyone liked it but everyone has different tastes.

23 posted on 12/31/2012 12:56:13 PM PST by RginTN
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To: RginTN

Cinderella had anal sex??? Ewwwww!


24 posted on 12/31/2012 3:19:22 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: savagesusie

bump


25 posted on 12/31/2012 3:33:06 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Perdogg

I don’t see pre-teen kids demanding to be brainwashed into little perverts. Schools and media do that for them.


26 posted on 12/31/2012 3:34:05 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Cinderella had anal sex???

Don't like it, don't read it.

27 posted on 12/31/2012 5:40:31 PM PST by RginTN
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Yes I loved that it ended with a mom and dad married with children.
That won’t make the feminist teaching the stupid class happy since traditional marriage is oppression for many feminists.


28 posted on 12/31/2012 5:47:21 PM PST by RginTN
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To: drewh; HerrBlucher; mgist; raptor22; victim soul; Isabel2010; Smokin' Joe; Michigander222; ...
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29 posted on 12/31/2012 5:52:30 PM PST by narses
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To: RginTN

As I said, I’m not planning to. I prefer Nelson DeMille where the terrorists die.


30 posted on 12/31/2012 5:57:54 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: drewh

Fifty Shades of Grey or Relative Morality


31 posted on 12/31/2012 6:00:08 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Please give me the page where Christian and Ana had anal sex. I don’t remember it.


32 posted on 12/31/2012 6:50:57 PM PST by seetheman (God bless you Benghazi martyrs!)
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To: ilovesarah2012
As I said, I’m not planning to. I prefer Nelson DeMille where the terrorists die.

I like Vince Flynn. Must see if I will like DeMille as well

33 posted on 12/31/2012 8:15:34 PM PST by RginTN
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To: seetheman

Interesting article -

http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/08/16/50-shades-of-grey-pedophilia-hiding-in-plain-sight-letter-from-a-reader/

I have no interest in reading crap, especially perverted crap, but certainly don’t want censorship. Just have to wonder about women who enjoy this crap. And how interesting the perverted guy’s name is “Christian”. Of all the names the writer (a term I use loosely) chose Christian. Anti-christs all around.

I guess read at your own risk.


34 posted on 01/01/2013 5:06:57 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: exit82

Thanks, but “Revelations radio?” and an article ( I use that term loosely) written by a guy named Tim, no last name? We’ll agree to disagree.


35 posted on 01/01/2013 6:50:33 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: leaning conservative

Originally, this was posted ToThe Ulsterman Report, which we are not allowed to link to, even though some here do.

Guess you fully support what is described here:

“The main character is described in pigtails, given words like “Holy Cow” “down there”, “jeez” “double crap” she can’t operate a computer (but is supposedly a college graduate), describes skipping and doing cartwheels, repeatedly says she is made to feel like a child, has her imaginary friend (inner goddess) feels shame, is spanked and slathered in BABY OIL, told what to say, what to eat, what to do, until finally and sadly so predictably, is physically beaten. (But she returns to him soon after, which is again, a very common theme of abuse, including pedophilia)”

Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade.


36 posted on 01/01/2013 7:05:51 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

She is 21 and NO matter how hard you try & make their relationship one of a pedophile & his victim it won’t work. You are obviously obsessed w/ this book and able to quote /remember whole swatches.

Have at it!


37 posted on 01/01/2013 8:17:17 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: seetheman

It’s because they never did have it.


38 posted on 01/01/2013 8:18:38 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Thank you for a reasonable reponse that is filled w/ fact from someone who ACTUALLY read the books! Love them or hate them, but I CAN’T stand when someone tries to be my nanny. I’m a grown up!

I agree about it being taught in college. Really!?


39 posted on 01/01/2013 8:23:56 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: leaning conservative

Hey, dingus, the quote was from the article which you obviously didn’t read.
I did not quote anything from memory, nor am I obsessed with this book.

I am simply pointing out the basis for my first post, which YOU disagreed with.

Attack me, but not what the article says.Way to go.

Change your name to “leaning left”.


40 posted on 01/01/2013 8:29:06 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

I love when ridiculous people get so mad they resort to name calling. It makes my day!


41 posted on 01/01/2013 8:47:09 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: leaning conservative

I love it when I find people who have zero reading comprehension.


42 posted on 01/01/2013 9:50:12 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: leaning conservative

Yes, I know they never had it. Just wanted to prove that most of these people have never read the books and have no idea what the story was about. It was about love and what it took for a man and a woman to overcome tremendous obstacles and make that love work resulting in marriage and a happy family.

Fifty Shades opened up my world to some other remarkable novels and lots of great music (classical and otherwise). I think I have personally kept Amazon in business over the last six months.

I don’t believe the 50 Shades naysayers have any idea of the underlying financial empire that has been created. And, lastly, I would bet a majority of the 50 Shades devotees didn’t vote for Obama. SARAH 2016!!


43 posted on 01/01/2013 5:13:58 PM PST by seetheman (God bless you Benghazi martyrs!)
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To: seetheman

Thanks for the post! I have to say I read a lot of literature & I was at first embarassed to buy the 50 shades books. I bought at a local bookstore & always w/ a female employeee at the counter. When I mentioned at the second book that I was surprisingly hooked she replied, “You & everyone else in town.”

It was to me a story of redemption and a true love story. I don’t mind people making comments, but when they are completely ignorant & obviously have not read the books, well I have problems. At least KNOW what you are discussing.
I actually think that it would soothe many people who have been in “Christian’s” position. A person who has been abused in ways which thankfully most of us will never know and finding salvation in love and finally having what they thought they would NEVER have; a family.

I went into it w/ my ironic sophistication firmly in place & ready to smirk & found myself enthralled w/ the story. It is a really good story.

I like what you said, many people commenting have never read it & therefore have no business commenting. If you have read all three & hate them I have more repsect for your comments than someone who has not.

Cheers for your well written comments! Happy new year!


44 posted on 01/01/2013 7:34:38 PM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: seetheman

Thanks for the post! I have to say I read a lot of literature & I was at first embarassed to buy the 50 shades books. I bought at a local bookstore & always w/ a female employeee at the counter. When I mentioned at the second book that I was surprisingly hooked she replied, “You & everyone else in town.”

It was to me a story of redemption and a true love story. I don’t mind people making comments, but when they are completely ignorant & obviously have not read the books, well I have problems. At least KNOW what you are discussing.
I actually think that it would soothe many people who have been in “Christian’s” position. A person who has been abused in ways which thankfully most of us will never know and finding salvation in love and finally having what they thought they would NEVER have; a family.

I went into it w/ my ironic sophistication firmly in place & ready to smirk & found myself enthralled w/ the story. It is a really good story.

I like what you said, many people commenting have never read it & therefore have no business commenting. If you have read all three & hate them I have more repsect for your comments than someone who has not.

Cheers for your well written comments! Happy new year!


45 posted on 01/01/2013 7:35:12 PM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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