Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Friday 25 July 2014

Why do British Women find Fifty Shades of Grey such a turn on?

Author E L James

The feminist writer and academic Marina Warner believes the unexpectedly wide appeal of this explicit fiction could be a sign of how difficult people now find it to feel aroused in an era when sex and nudity have become so commonplace.

“There has been a general unveiling of the body in our culture and there is a connection between prohibition and arousal,” she said. “It is in some way linked to our feelings about the sacred and the profane. I definitely don’t want to go back to censorship, but I don’t think the answer is to reach for extremes either”

Read Vanessa Thorpe’s article in the Saturday Guardian.

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