Fifty Shades of Abuse

50dollars-not50shadesmovementA campaign called “50 Dollars Not 50 Shades” is asking people to “say no to abuse” and boycott the erotic novel-turned-film, Fifty Shades of Grey. Instead, people are urged to “ditch the film, and give instead to a domestic violence shelter,” serving victims of abusive relationships, like the one glamorized in the 50 Shades series. “Hollywood doesn’t need your money; abused women do” the activists say.


The novel/trilogy, which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, has been dubbed by many as “mommy porn” for its erotic scenes depicting abusive bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadomasochism. Even the film’s female star Dakota Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) has said film’s sex scenes are so explicit and extreme she doesn’t want her “parents to see it.”

What should Christians think about reading or seeing this kind of fantasy-erotica? Let me offer 5 Shades of Truth from the Apostle Paul’s plea for purity in I Thessalonians 4:1-8:

  1. Live your life to please God.
  2. Keep away from sexual promiscuity, in all its forms.
  3. Learn how to control your own passions.
  4. Don’t take sexual advantage of others.
  5. Don’t give yourself to what is crude and corrupting.

In summary, the Bible says sexual intimacy is to be reserved for a husband and wife. It warns that sexually active singles and sexually unfaithful marrieds will be judged.

Meanwhile, Christian authors Juli Slattery and Dannah Gresh, are offering to “trade your shades” and give women a copy of their new book, Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman’s Heart, in exchange for used copies of E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. They want to teach women that they are mistaken if they believe erotic fiction could spice up their real-life relationships.

ACTION: Please see and share this #NoGreyNoWay video:


About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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