“Why Surrender is a
Feminist Dream” — Huh?

I can’t stop obsessing over the cultural phenom that is Fifty Shades of Grey, and Katie Roiphe can’t stop pissing off…everybody.

In this week’s Newsweek, Roiphe claims that feminists have gotten their panties in a twist over the female submission in the BDSM series, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Who are these pearl-clutching feminists exactly? Roiphe doesn’t say:

Recently on talk shows there has been a certain amount of upstanding feminist tsk-tsking about the retrograde soft-core exploitation of women in [the novels], and there seem to be no shortage of liberal pundits asking, “Is this what they went to the barricades for?”


Roiphe’s essay has been criticized all over the interwebz, so I’m not going to bother picking it apart here. Suffice it to say that while the personal may be political, that doesn’t mean we feminists are all insistent upon egalitarian sex acts. (It’s 2012, Katie. Do we really need to have this conversation?)

Instead of getting all hung up on the trilogy’s BDSM, I wish more people were talk about the emotionally unhealthy aspects of the “love” between the Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. If you haven’t already, check out Crystal Saldana’s guest post for Vagina Dentwata on the trilogy.

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