Monday 26 June 2017

'Fifty Shades of Grey' - a movie where misogyny never looked so mesmerising

Going a bit too far: Even the violence looks beautiful in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, which will pack out Irish cinemas this weekend
Going a bit too far: Even the violence looks beautiful in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, which will pack out Irish cinemas this weekend

Liz Kearney

There is a scene in 'Fifty Shades of Grey', this weekend's box-office smash, in which Anastasia, the ingenue who has fallen prey to the sexual charms of billionaire philanthropist and part-time sadist Christian Grey, tries to call the whole thing off.

S&M devotee Christian wants Ana, a virginal English-lit student with a penchant for floral blouses and knitted cardigans, to sign a contract in which she agrees to be the submissive to his dominant; but first, he insists, she must do her research.

A millennial to her core, Anastasia does a quick Google on her MacBook. Up pops a string of images of women bound and gagged, curled up in the foetal position with their faces to the floor.

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