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(Sunderland Echo)   The novel 50 Shades of Gray doubles the sales of sex toys. Sex shop owner also reports "sales of crops and whips rising by 15 per cent, blindfolds by 60 per cent and bondage ties by 35 per cent"   (sunderlandecho.com) divider line 260
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2012-08-26 08:03:52 AM  
So there was no fanfic erotica for bored housewives to fap to before this?
 
2012-08-26 08:19:59 AM  
Having a wife who rides horses and teaches riding lessons at our house is a great excuse to have a wide variety of crops and whips around.

Of course explaining the sling is a little more difficult. j/k
 
2012-08-26 08:53:02 AM  

Mugato: So there was no fanfic erotica for bored housewives to fap to before this?


I was wondering the same thing. Maybe because this particular book has completely permeated our culture at this point and even talk show hosts and radio DJs are talking about it? That way it's less "taboo" and people aren't afraid of being labelled a "pervert" for buying it?

I'm not sure, that's just my "pulled out of my ass with beads" theory.
 
2012-08-26 09:10:07 AM  

Mugato: So there was no fanfic erotica for bored housewives to fap to before this?


None that involved "props"

and folks if you are one of those upping the degree of difficulty in your sex life, just remember to take it slow, test implements one you hand before using them on the tender spots of your lover, start lightly and build the intensity lightly, and if you are one a budget, find a hardware store with a "tack" section (Southern States and Farm and Fleet are very good for this) and you can get higher quality toys for about 1/4 as much as in the leather shops you're probably too embarrassed to go into anyway. and this thing called a "dogging bat" by horsie people:
www.horsetackco.com

is probably the perfect beginner's 'weapon" , the split top means it makes a nice loud "thwack" with imparting too much pain, and it's usually about $6-7
 
2012-08-26 09:14:42 AM  

miss diminutive: I was wondering the same thing. Maybe because this particular book has completely permeated our culture at this point and even talk show hosts and radio DJs are talking about it? That way it's less "taboo" and people aren't afraid of being labelled a "pervert" for buying it?


That and people will jump on any fad that gets any air time. Maybe it's on Oprah's book club list. Oh God I just got the most disturbing visual.
 
2012-08-26 09:18:36 AM  

Mugato: miss diminutive: I was wondering the same thing. Maybe because this particular book has completely permeated our culture at this point and even talk show hosts and radio DJs are talking about it? That way it's less "taboo" and people aren't afraid of being labelled a "pervert" for buying it?

That and people will jump on any fad that gets any air time. Maybe it's on Oprah's book club list. Oh God I just got the most disturbing visual.


Well that just killed my boner...
 
2012-08-26 09:23:28 AM  
Perhaps somebody needs to write a fat series of books about upper middle class dopes committing murder and suicide during sex. That would help cull these freaks.
 
2012-08-26 09:24:39 AM  
Doesn't anyone just cuddle anymore?
 
2012-08-26 09:24:44 AM  
I saw a couple of excerpts of it. Jesus Christ I was scared out of my wits reading it. It's romancing a farking rapist and his Stockholm Syndrome victim/sub.
 
2012-08-26 09:25:32 AM  
 
2012-08-26 09:25:48 AM  
This does not mean there will be any enlightened discussions over power play, communication, honesty, or trust.
Just that a lot of bored housewives are buying sex toys.
They'll end up under the bed with the exercise stuff.
 
2012-08-26 09:27:12 AM  

thatboyoverthere: It's romancing a farking rapist and his Stockholm Syndrome victim/sub.


OH, like the book about the raid to tak down Bin Laden.
 
2012-08-26 09:30:39 AM  

thatboyoverthere: I saw a couple of excerpts of it. Jesus Christ I was scared out of my wits reading it. It's romancing a farking rapist and his Stockholm Syndrome victim/sub.


This is the new normal. And somehow watching MLP with a bowel of popcorn is disturbed.
 
2012-08-26 09:31:33 AM  

SandMann: thatboyoverthere: I saw a couple of excerpts of it. Jesus Christ I was scared out of my wits reading it. It's romancing a farking rapist and his Stockholm Syndrome victim/sub.

This is the new normal. And somehow watching MLP with a bowel of popcorn is disturbed.


A bowel of popcorn? That is pretty disturbing...
 
2012-08-26 09:31:39 AM  

vudukungfu: thatboyoverthere: It's romancing a farking rapist and his Stockholm Syndrome victim/sub.

OH, like the book about the raid to tak down Bin Laden.


Thank Christ. The number of douchy partisan comments in this non-political thread was dangerously low.
 
2012-08-26 09:31:52 AM  
Did I just type bowel instead of bowl?

Time for coffee.
 
2012-08-26 09:33:00 AM  
Considering the much larger number of people who engage in even "casual" forms of BDSM (simple blindfolding, tied with scarves, etc), I don't think that it's such a bad thing for a novel of this type to hit the market and gain popularity. Hell, a good friend of mine in the community of people open about such things is a Unitarian minister, and his wife (a particularly lovely and very chill lady) is one of the most devious doms I've ever known!

Even having such frank discussions regarding sexual practice is healthy (IMO) as it will get people to take a look at themselves and figure out what they're wanting. Only down side I can see is that sooner or later, someone is going to take things too far too fast and hurt themselves or their lover.
 
2012-08-26 09:33:09 AM  
My wife keeps mentioning that she wants this book. I have yet to decide if thats a good or bad thing.
 
2012-08-26 09:34:28 AM  
Ughhhhh as a fan of bondage, and lots of fetish type sex.. this book is driving me nuts.

Dated a girl recently that was gushing over the book and how hot it was and how she was all into bondage and submission.. sounded like a fun time in the sack so i gave her a go. Yah... these 50 shades girls don't understand it at all. I have never had someone whine like that. It got to the point where I untied her and left.

Leave the kink for the people that can handle it ladies. Trust me.. most of you don't want spankings, dirty undies stuffed in your mouth, and being tied up in humiliating positions.. it isn't for most people - no matter how wet you get reading about it.
 
2012-08-26 09:35:20 AM  
FTA: "Some women come away thinking 'is this how I should be behaving in the bedroom' and 'is there something wrong with me because I'm not' and that's not right.

Bullshiat. Even IF this were a legitimate problem, those women were farked up and confused long before that shiat was published. You pretend that your heroic book-burning is going to act as the catalyst that suddenly sends all of these troubled women to sex therapy where they'll go on to live happy, fulfilled lives of healthy intimacy.

You're a nazi book-burner. Own it.
 
2012-08-26 09:35:52 AM  
Women have now officially lost the right as a gender to complain about men watching pr0n.

Men are visual...women emotional. These books are nothing but thinly veiled pron for women...and they are buying it in record numbers.
 
2012-08-26 09:37:23 AM  
So, they're just figuring out sex can be fun too?

/well, golly. Ys learn something new everyday.
 
2012-08-26 09:38:49 AM  
Cool, is this the point where Americans realize that most sex toys, especially those with electronics in them, are over priced pieces of shiat made in china, and that most sex toys typically work once and then never work again?

Cause a little consumer protection on an item you can't return would be awesome.

/still pissed off about that $60 remotely operated egg that failed after one use.
 
2012-08-26 09:39:40 AM  
i524.photobucket.com

/Its not smut of you can get it at Barnes & Noble right soccer moms?
//cant wait for the Fark headlines because this book is the cause of more emergency room visits
 
2012-08-26 09:42:07 AM  
I like to be tied up, and I like to be spanked.
 
2012-08-26 09:43:20 AM  

Grables'Daughter: I like to be tied up, and I like to be spanked.


How YOU doin'?
 
2012-08-26 09:44:00 AM  

unchellmatt: Considering the much larger number of people who engage in even "casual" forms of BDSM (simple blindfolding, tied with scarves, etc), I don't think that it's such a bad thing for a novel of this type to hit the market and gain popularity. Hell, a good friend of mine in the community of people open about such things is a Unitarian minister, and his wife (a particularly lovely and very chill lady) is one of the most devious doms I've ever known!

Even having such frank discussions regarding sexual practice is healthy (IMO) as it will get people to take a look at themselves and figure out what they're wanting. Only down side I can see is that sooner or later, someone is going to take things too far too fast and hurt themselves or their lover.


On the up side of that, we always need new links here on Fark.
 
2012-08-26 09:45:21 AM  
A cheap bendy plastic ruler, a polyester tie, and the twine that held the christmas tree on the roof of the car is all I need for a decent bondage session.
 
2012-08-26 09:46:17 AM  
Yeah, these 50 Shades of Grey, BDSM wannabes can't take a punch to the face or an anal pearing to save their life. Here, let me go on and on about my utilikilt and the bondage room in my apartment that my friends have noted is always open whenever I have people over.
 
2012-08-26 09:47:16 AM  

Alonjar: My wife keeps mentioning that she wants this book. I have yet to decide if thats a good or bad thing.


Bad. A proper slave does not desire anything but her master's pleasure. Beat it out of her.
 
2012-08-26 09:47:42 AM  

Grables'Daughter: I like to be tied up, and I like to be spanked.


I was in scouting...and tie one hell of a knot.

Over here...i have an assortment of spanking instruments, aside from the usual hand or dick-spankings. Lol
 
2012-08-26 09:47:48 AM  
This worries me...

Not the fact that more couples are indulging in paddles and restraints, not at all. I encourage sexual exploration at all fronts, and think most people will find some light bondage and or BDSM incredibly beneficial to their love life. But 50 Shades of Grey? That's like being inspired to become a doctor after watching Hostel.

The books just do not represent any form of healthy BDSM lifestyles. Christian Grey is intolerant of his lovers limits, careless about her needs and desires, abusive, threatening, insanely jealous, and "protective" to the point of hostility. He is not a good Dom, he is trapping his lover into a lifestyle she doesn't understand, doesn't REALLY want, and is being misinformed about.

Within this so called BDSM relationship, which Grey damn near forces Anastasia into, he never discusses her limits, balks at the idea of a safe word, and then in forces her into signing a BDSM contract without telling her it's NOT legally binding.

If you have even the smallest inkling of what the BDSM lifestyle is, you would be horrified to hear this kind of stuff. The Contact thing is what gets me... A contract in the BDSM life, is a simple personal agreement between Dom and Sub that lays out the duties one has to another. While being highly revered (it can be considered almost a sort of marriage agreement, and are generally celebrated in parties with friends) it is NOT BINDING.

The book is not just terrible, it's leading people to misunderstand a lifestyle that can be dangerous and harmful if not approached with a level of respect and caution. BDSM can be extremely exciting, fun, and overall fulfilling if you're into it... But bad Doms exist, and they can hurt you.

I worry that some poor woman is going to seek this out and find themselves being pushed too fast and too hard into something they cannot cope with, just like their dear NotBelle Steele.

Please, explore your sexuality, but explore slowly and safely. And for god's sake, don't use this shiat stained toilet paper twitard knockoff fanfic as inspiration for your sexual liberation. It's garbage. 

/Into Light Bondage and BDSM
//Not lifestyle, just like a bit of kink
 
2012-08-26 09:48:25 AM  
As someone who posts relentlessly on the internet about BDSM regardless of what the topic is, let me state that
 
2012-08-26 09:51:10 AM  
Fifty Shades: Where self-loathing meets sex.

/Meanwhile, it's business as usual here on the Ferengi home world.
//Somebody will make money and all these dildoes will end up in landfills.
 
2012-08-26 09:52:05 AM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Men are visual...women emotional. These books are nothing but thinly veiled pron for women...and they are buying it in record numbers.


Veiled?
 
2012-08-26 09:55:26 AM  
If I don't like to hurt and humiliate a woman but I do it anyway to please her, does that make me the dom or the sub?
 
2012-08-26 09:55:53 AM  

Alonjar: My wife keeps mentioning that she wants this book. I have yet to decide if thats a good or bad thing.


Mine tried to read it and gave up.
 
2012-08-26 09:56:40 AM  
Were women somehow unable to find acceptable porn or erotica before this book?

If so, that is a pretty sad state of affairs. So much for sexual liberation.
 
2012-08-26 09:57:03 AM  
Neither my girl nor I have read the series. But in our very healthy sex life, we have experimented - frequently - with light bondage, spanking, etc. Assuming people are being safe and having fun, what's the big deal? If the books drive a spike in spiced up sexual experiences, I'm ok with that.
 
2012-08-26 10:01:25 AM  

ph0rk: Were women somehow unable to find acceptable porn or erotica before this book?

If so, that is a pretty sad state of affairs. So much for sexual liberation.


Just a hunch, but I'd be willing to bet the majority of the sales are to red states.
 
2012-08-26 10:02:53 AM  
50 shades of gay
 
2012-08-26 10:04:31 AM  
i489.photobucket.com

50 Shades of Red
 
2012-08-26 10:04:36 AM  
The book isn't about sexual liberation... It's a book about a too retarded to live college student who will put up with psuedo bdsm (even though she explicitly states she wants no part of it over and over again) because the guy happens to be a hot billionaire. That's the part these bored housewives associate with. They're convincing themselves "if I can put up with the scary, not really my thing sex stuff, I too can find a handsome rich man that will give me anything I want!" It's the settling that the housewives associate with.
 
2012-08-26 10:05:27 AM  

Will-Mun: This worries me...

Not the fact that more couples are indulging in paddles and restraints, not at all. I encourage sexual exploration at all fronts, and think most people will find some light bondage and or BDSM incredibly beneficial to their love life. But 50 Shades of Grey? That's like being inspired to become a doctor after watching Hostel.

The books just do not represent any form of healthy BDSM lifestyles. Christian Grey is intolerant of his lovers limits, careless about her needs and desires, abusive, threatening, insanely jealous, and "protective" to the point of hostility. He is not a good Dom, he is trapping his lover into a lifestyle she doesn't understand, doesn't REALLY want, and is being misinformed about.

Within this so called BDSM relationship, which Grey damn near forces Anastasia into, he never discusses her limits, balks at the idea of a safe word, and then in forces her into signing a BDSM contract without telling her it's NOT legally binding.

If you have even the smallest inkling of what the BDSM lifestyle is, you would be horrified to hear this kind of stuff. The Contact thing is what gets me... A contract in the BDSM life, is a simple personal agreement between Dom and Sub that lays out the duties one has to another. While being highly revered (it can be considered almost a sort of marriage agreement, and are generally celebrated in parties with friends) it is NOT BINDING.

The book is not just terrible, it's leading people to misunderstand a lifestyle that can be dangerous and harmful if not approached with a level of respect and caution. BDSM can be extremely exciting, fun, and overall fulfilling if you're into it... But bad Doms exist, and they can hurt you.

I worry that some poor woman is going to seek this out and find themselves being pushed too fast and too hard into something they cannot cope with, just like their dear NotBelle Steele.

Please, explore your sexuality, but explore slowly and safely. And for god's sake, don't use thi ...


Reading this, I couldn't help thinking of how some Christians reacted to the Harry Potter books.
 
2012-08-26 10:07:13 AM  

Grables'Daughter: I like to be tied up, and I like to be spanked.


Thought you left.
 
2012-08-26 10:07:39 AM  

cookiefleck: The book isn't about sexual liberation... It's a book about a too retarded to live college student who will put up with psuedo bdsm (even though she explicitly states she wants no part of it over and over again) because the guy happens to be a hot billionaire. That's the part these bored housewives associate with. They're convincing themselves "if I can put up with the scary, not really my thing sex stuff, I too can find a handsome rich man that will give me anything I want!" It's the settling that the housewives associate with.


Sounds about as toxic as the relationship in Twilight.
 
2012-08-26 10:08:06 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Perhaps somebody needs to write a fat series of books about upper middle class dopes committing murder and suicide during sex. That would help cull these freaks.


Make it part of romanticizing an abusive relationship and I guess they'll fall for it.

unchellmatt: Considering the much larger number of people who engage in even "casual" forms of BDSM, I don't think that it's such a bad thing for a novel of this type to hit the market and gain popularity.


I don't think anyone has issues with the type. Will-Mun pretty much sums it up: "50 Shades of Grey? That's like being inspired to become a doctor after watching Hostel."
 
2012-08-26 10:08:36 AM  

dwade: Grables'Daughter: I like to be tied up, and I like to be spanked.

Thought you left.


A real attention whore never leaves.
 
2012-08-26 10:09:33 AM  

cookiefleck: The book isn't about sexual liberation... It's a book about a too retarded to live college student who will put up with psuedo bdsm (even though she explicitly states she wants no part of it over and over again) because the guy happens to be a hot billionaire. That's the part these bored housewives associate with. They're convincing themselves "if I can put up with the scary, not really my thing sex stuff, I too can find a handsome rich man that will give me anything I want!" It's the settling that the housewives associate with.


so what your saying is that teh GUYSZ are reading it??

/cues Erasure music
 
2012-08-26 10:11:00 AM  

Mugato: cookiefleck: The book isn't about sexual liberation... It's a book about a too retarded to live college student who will put up with psuedo bdsm (even though she explicitly states she wants no part of it over and over again) because the guy happens to be a hot billionaire. That's the part these bored housewives associate with. They're convincing themselves "if I can put up with the scary, not really my thing sex stuff, I too can find a handsome rich man that will give me anything I want!" It's the settling that the housewives associate with.

Sounds about as toxic as the relationship in Twilight.


...BECAUSE IT IS TWILIGHT!!
 
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