Let me make my position clear: Didn't read the book. Don't plan to see the movie. It isn't erotica; it isn't healthy sexual fantasy. It is a book that glamorizes physical and mental abuse and toxic relationships. Our headlines are full of stories of date rape on campus, of sex-trafficking, of forced prostitution and we are outraged. So, here comes a movie that that glamorizes all that we decry in the headlines and we all want to run out and see it. I don't get it.
That said, I want to share an article that was written by a psychiatrist about the movie and its impact on young adults, especially those who are just starting to negotiate the world of relationships. See the movie; don't see the movie but regardless, reading this article before you decide, especially if you are under age 25 or the parents of young adults.
Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician, has shared Dr. Miriam Grossman's "A Psychiatrist's Letter to Young People about Fifty Shades of Grey."