With the release of Fifty Shades Darker, sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, I believe it’s important that Christian educators and parents are up to speed with what our kids may be talking about or planning to watch. I choose to see neither, so I am referring you to some other sources:
Here’s a good article on Crosswalk.com: Why Fifty Shades Darker Should Make Us Cry
The books sold beyond the author’s wildest imagination. The plotline fueled many a lunchtime chat. The first film caused a flurry of delight among both young and old. And discussion boards are trembling with anticipation as the 2nd in the erotic trilogy prepares to hit the big screens tomorrow. There’s no doubt about it, the Fifty Shades phenomenon has made quite an impact on our society.
How should Christians respond?
Perhaps you feel appalled, or disgusted.
Perhaps you feel tempted (Christians are by no means automatically immune to the allure of this genre—but that’s a subject for tomorrow’s blog post).
Instead, I want to suggest that Fifty Shades Darker gives us reasons to cry.
Focus on the Family: Plugged in Blog: Fifty Shade of Abusive Influence
“A new study out of Michigan State University (published in the Journal of Women’s Health) indicates that young women who read the bestselling bondage-and-S&M-laced story by British author E.L. James were more likely to engage in a range of risky behaviors compared to those who hadn’t read it.”
When Fifty Shades of Grey was released, my daughter wrote a thoughtful blog on her observations that is worth reading again:
Erin MacPherson’s Post about Fifty Shades of Grey