Tuesday 17 October 2017

Fifty Shades started surge of Mammy Porn in Ireland

Jillian Godsil, who wrote 'The Cougar Diaries', has interviewed people about the impact of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. With the film adaptation of the book about to hit our screens, she reckons men in the audiences could be in short supply

Fifty Shades of Opinion: Jillian Godsil reckons that the EL James book has prompted a change in how certain sexual practices are discussed in Ireland. Photo: David Conachy.
Fifty Shades of Opinion: Jillian Godsil reckons that the EL James book has prompted a change in how certain sexual practices are discussed in Ireland. Photo: David Conachy.
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan 50 Shades of Grey

Jillian Godsil

PRIOR to the publication of Fifty Shades of Grey, what might be considered deviant sexual practices were not discussed at the dinner tables the length and breadth of Ireland, much less practised in the bedroom. But following on from the book's publication, the conversation went mainstream and in between the sheets.

I started interviewing people and talking about the impact and found to my empirical knowledge that sex had mushroomed in Ireland. Taxi drivers, hotel porters and bartenders - the true barometers of Irish society - were having more sex than ever before and the women were driving the train.

Which is somewhat ironic since the protagonist in Fifty Shades is submissive and very passive. The very Irish women turned on by the book appeared to be tying up their men - and sales of rope in Woodies are going through the roof without a single shred of evidence of any DIY being done. So, the reason Irish men are smiling is less a case of 'mommy porn' and more a case of 'mammy porn', and you will do what you are told!

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