My opinion is the mainstream popularity of 50 Shades of Grey with women is legitimization and acceptance of soft porn.
It allows women who say they would never view porn, since the movie was based on a best seller fictional book, to actually view soft porn, without suffering the same social stigma of those who view porn.
So if this movie promotes sexual abuse of women, why is it so popular with them?
But the guy who wrote this article, Jackson Katz, disgusts me with this statement in his article:
I will leave it to others to analyze why so many women seem to be taken with this story of an innocent, virginal young (white) woman who falls in love with an abusive, controlling -- and very wealthy -- sexual sociopath. Suffice it to say that I appreciate how issues related to women's (hetero) sexuality and desire are complex in a male-dominated world in which misogyny is embedded in our cultural DNA, and men's violence against them is ubiquitous.
So here Katz seems to be blaming men, and excusing women, who decide to pay their money to see a film he says promotes sexual abuse of woman.
I have no respect for Katz, when he puts a disclaimer such as this on his article blaming men, to excuse the behavior of women, the vast majority who are white and well educated, who want to get their BDSM fantasy freak on, by viewing this movie.
Katz obviously did this in order to please his feminist bosses at HUFFPO, get his article published and keep his job.
But what a sellout Katz is, and I hope he teaches his son, whom he mentions in the article as his primary concern, in shaping his son's behavior toward women, to have some courage and state his opinion honestly on issues, no matter the consequences.