Friday 20 October 2017

Julia Molony: Women's erotica has been hijacked by consumerism

Why is female pop culture so obsessed with pornifying male wealth? asks Julia Molony

CASH AND THE CITY: The link between money and love was always an integral part of hit show ‘Sex and the City’, with Carrie attracted to ‘Mr Big’ for his social standing and high-rent lifestyle
CASH AND THE CITY: The link between money and love was always an integral part of hit show ‘Sex and the City’, with Carrie attracted to ‘Mr Big’ for his social standing and high-rent lifestyle

Julia Molony

The downside of women's 'erotica' reaching the mainstream is that it's become apparent that the phenomenon seems to fetishize shoes, bags and stuff as much as it does actual sex. Lustful, passionate consumerism is inevitably built into the formula.

So it was with Fifty Shades of Grey, where as far as I can tell, equal to the erotic appeal of Christian Grey's commanding voice and big rod was his fat wallet. Details of his spending power, and the gifts that he provides to his young lover Anastasia, are anatomised as breathlessly as descriptions of his character and his sexual proclivities.

And now Cynthia Nixon, the sane one from Sex and the City, has revealed that she was just a little bit devastated when she watched the movie of the hit show and realised that its ultimate message was that the key to true love was just a man who buys you a walk-in closet.

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