So much has happened over the course of three years. Both the book and movie of Fifty Shades of Grey has created a series. The newest movie, will be released on February 9, 2018. I will not be viewing it, nor have I ever read the books.
Ironically, from February 5th to February 11th, 2018, is Sexual Violence Awareness Week. From Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein scandal to USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor, Larry Nassar's shocking disgrace, our world has been awoken from a deep sleep.
One small voice started a powerful ripple effect. Females young and old (and some males) have declared enough is enough. Whether we're watching the news or scrolling through social media, it's become the norm to read about another person's tragic story of being sexually assaulted. It's no surprise the hashtag #MeToo and #TimesUp has gone viral.
With the magnitude of women worldwide who have bravely broken the silence about sexual discrimination and sexual assaults, let's not glamorize the facts behind Fifty Shades of Grey. There's nothing acceptable about a man who physically, emotionally, and sexually mistreats a woman. Not in this book. Not in this movie. Not in real life.
As for Fifty Shades of Grey being referred to as romance, I strongly disagree. In my opinion, it's a warped and unhealthy view of what genuine romance entails. At best, it is twisted and deviant.
It's time that we point out the facts about Fifty Shades of Grey. That we no longer tiptoe around the hidden disguise. It's truly fifty shades of violence, rape, and pure evil.
Sexual abuse is not ok. Sexual violence is not ok. Sexual discrimination is not ok. Sexual harassment is not ok. Childhood sexual abuse is not ok. Groping, manhandling, & aggressive behavior is not ok.
It has never been ok. Not in the past. Not in the present. Not in the future.
As women, we need to unit together. To build awareness. To break the silence. To bravely share our own stories even if it's to one person. To empower one another. To march forth to let our voices be heard.
Today, you can start by sharing this blog. By telling your own story. By linking arms with others who have been sexually assaulted, including myself. To know that you are not alone. We're in this together.
And understand, there's strength in numbers. Together, we will bring forth dramatic change to end sexual violence one day at a time. One voice at a time. One story at a time.
Here's my blog, Fifty Shades of Sin.
#ItsNotOk #MeToo #TimesUp #SexualViolenceAwarenessWeek