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50 Shades of Grey
Transcript of 50 Shades of Grey
By: Laura, Kami, Tori, Vanessa, Alejandra
How is Sexuality Portrayed
Term BDSM meaning: Bondage/discipline, Dominance/submission, and Sadism/Masochism
Anastasia Steele - innocence, purity
Christian Grey - intimidating, controlling
Highlighted Aspects of Sexuality
Images Related to
Slow sexual movements
Chains & Whips (being restrained)
Sexual personal looks and stares
Objectifies & devalues both men and women
Can doesn't constitute should
BDSM dehumanizes individual for sexual release
devaluing your partner and or future partner
glamorizes abusive relationships
Affects on our perceptions of sexuality
MPAA R film rating (NC-17 highest)
literature considered 'erotica'
works meant to cause sexual feelings
Gradual change since "First Kiss"(1896)
Erotica "accepted" in public
Sexuality more public ( marches/ questions/acceptance?)
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Erotic BDSM sexuality
Bondage and sexual play
Romance and love
Devalued Aspects of Sexuality
Are they accurate?
Yes they are very accurate
due to the fact of the effects of temptation
Christian Grey views sex not as a form of intimacy but as a form of control and pleasure.
Christian Grey lost his virginity to an older woman who practiced BDSM on him
Anastasia steel is also a virgin when she meets Christian grey
Affects on our perceptions
Increased sexualization of genders (especially females)
Men more likely to objectify women
Women objectify self, decreased personhood
Application and Theories
Christian unemotional, controlling
Anastasia emotional and nurturing
describes as gender roles
Sexual paraphilias : Sadism and Masochism
Sadism: other people suffering
Harassment: More likely in Narcissistic Personality types to exhibit (abuse, coercion, violence)
Only about 5% of women who experience sexual harassment report it
How did the makers want their message to be perceived?
Being comfortable with your sexuality
Breaking social norms
What bias are being presented?
Men are more dominate/controlling in the relationship rather than women being submissive.