Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman, High Anxiety
I don't read a lot of fiction and I never read fan fiction.
I know vaguely what 50 Shades of Grey is about and that it is a best seller. One can't miss the fact that it is talked about incessantly, especially now that it has been made into a movie - which has been panned pretty much because it doesn't show much actual porn and no full frontal nudity - whatever that means.
Religious people are making their condemnations heard, and bloggers are picking up the hits by writing about it - me too - hence the title of the post. LOL!
I don't know - about 490 years ago St. Teresa's dad forbade her to read the racy romance novels of the day - but she did. Every era has its evil books. It is right to condemn them, but it also helps promote them when we all jump on the band wagon. Just saying.
Anyway - did you know Dorothy Day read Lolita? When I was in high school that was the dirty book to read. Before that it was Lady Chatterley's Lover and Tom Jones. Boring. I just thought it funny Dorothy Day read Lolita - I can't find the entry in her Diaries because the page listed in the index is wrong. I'll come across it another time.
I always had the understanding that women preferred to read eroticism, while men preferred the visual. Perhaps that's why the 50 Shades movie is not especially graphic - no full frontal shots - it's a chick flick - and deep down, girls feel threatened by a man's _____.
Oddly enough, I've never liked porn. It never became an addiction or something I sought out for itself. There but for the grace of God...
There is a classic bit of advice confessors always gave - "Never, ever have or keep porn in the house." Now with computers and smart phones, an added caution: never click on it. Someone used to send stuff to me in the mail and I threw it out as soon as I realized what it was. I understand its potential to arouse.
Bonus! Never watch Oprah or read Richard Rohr, Fran Ferder, or Chris West either.
BTW: I have comment moderation on because I've been getting spam comments from foreigners. What?