Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mummy porn

Things must have changed since my day. When I was a young mummy the thing that made me drool with anticipation was the thought of a bed with clean sheets (i.e. no baby sick) and a full night's sleep.

I haven't read the latest publishing phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey, so I'm not able to comment on it. I did however watch the Channel 4 documentary about it. And it made me laugh. But not want to read the book.

They had a good variety of people discussing various aspects of the book including a woman's reading group, dominatrices and a happily married suburban couple who were pleased to show the camera their collection of dusters, paddles ('That was your birthday present to me, wasn't it?' the man asked his wife) and bondage. I could only wonder what their children made of their lack of inhibition - or their children's schoolfriends more to the point.

The fact that the book features male dominance of a woman is slightly disturbing although according to the wife mentioned above, modern woman with all the authority and power she assumes in the day job, is only too happy to hand over control in the bedroom. I wonder.

Unfortunately the most strident feminist on the programme was rather stereotypical and for some it seemed to be an effort they were determined to make to appear 'cool' about DBSM. 

My favourite quote from the show came from a woman - unfortunately I can't remember her name - who said, 'I don't have time to read pornography; I've too busy having sex.'
Now there's a wise woman.

8 comments:

Furtheron said...

Now... here's a question I just want to pose...

If I (a 50 year old male) wrote a book about a man who contracted a young virgin to be his sex slave I don't think it'd be on the shelves in Tescos... and I think I'd be getting the cold shoulder from many people...

Just saying - I think equality is the interesting thing here - for me women have had a total sexual revolution that has gone beyond the dominance men had in the past... just an observation I'm not judging just saying...

jams o donnell said...

Haha I love that quote... If only I was as busy!

Liz said...

I think you make a very good point, furtheron.

It's a great quote, isn't it, jams?

nick said...

I'm mystified as to why this book is so popular. From what I've heard the writing is dreadful, the sex is virtually non-existent and the woman is completely under the thumb of the man. Where's the attraction?

Victoria Cohen's theory is that the real attraction is the food porn. The man is constantly forcing the woman to eat, which permanently-dieting women find very exciting.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I don't want to read it either but probably will to see what all the fuss is about. Love the quote at the end of your post!

NitWit1 said...

Just dropping by, but an interesting post. I am in the midst of the hottest summer and drought in northern Arkansas history which is not blending well with my health ailments.

I struggle to do what I perceive as my daily chores, as opposed to husband's. Hmmmmm, I wonder who made up this list?

We are going on vacation in September and then will be having a pulmonary vein ablation, a heart procedure.

Am sure I will be writing about those as they occur. Right now all I am trying to do is stay cool and ward off the A-Fib attacks. Luckie is the healthiest member of the household. She is approximately 14 years old!

Gledwood said...

I had a quick perusal in WH Smiths and it looks seriously dull.

Liz said...

That's an interesting theory, nick, and would make sense.

I wouldn't bother, welshcakes!

Sounds horrendous, nitwit. A bit of sunshine and I soon start complaining!

I suspect as much, gledwood.