Yes, we know that the trailer to "Fifty shades of grey" is released.
Just like when the books series was at peak hype, we get asked a lot for opinions on this, so here's a handy reference list.
- What do you think about the movie?
It will probably suck mildly, yet make millions.
- What did you think about the books?
They are mediocre porn, with bad story-telling.
- What about the BDSM in the books?
It was written by somebody who's entire experience seems to consist of a few hours on Google. Some of the items really exist, but are put way out of context or use in an unrealistic fashion.
- How do you feel about this release?
The practicality of the BDSM in it is bollocks. People who use them as a handbook for "the BDSM lifestyle" are going to have a bad time, but so do people who use porn as sex-ed. It's sensationalized, exaggerated and shoe-horned into a story line.
But that doesn't really matter.
The important part is: This book series and movie (series?) makes BDSM and kink approachable as it gets dragged into central stage for a while. This will do something that the sex-positive community can't dream to accomplish: Expose millions to the fact that "alternative lifestyles" do exists and are worth exploring.
I can tolerate the companies wanting to make a quick buck by selling "50 shades" branded merchandise. Once it breaks, we can direct the people to the Stockroom to buy real gear. A bunch of people will be curious about all this, and Google may drive some of them into our community. Yes, most of them will be too scared to attend a "munch" (a "meet&greet"), but they may read a book or listen to a podcast... and a percentage of those will make the jump.
We will be there with open arms, flogger in hand.
Oh, it also gets us laid more. 🙂