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This post is originally authored by Gabrielle Pickle, one of the lovely women that make up the trio that is the Unlocking Femininity team.  Regular followers know that Sarah, another one of the UF team, was one of my mentors in college, so when Sarah’s twitter was titled “50 Shades of… Porn?”  You better believe it caught my attention.  I had to share this with you.

 

50 Shades of …Porn??

I can’t review an hour of tweets in my twitter feed without seeing something about the newest thing in ‘romance reading’ … the book “50 Shades of Grey.” A fan favorite that is sweeping the nation has already been optioned for movie rights. Author EL James has written a triology of mommy porn that is the latest addiction of housewives everywhere.

The secular news network ABC calls it “graphic and harsh” and “hard-core porn.” A tale of a young innocent girl with an older man who teaches her sexual submission with pain and bondage. The question that has news channels buzzing is “why?” Why are a generation of young moms, raised as feminists, sexually free, and economically empowered drawn to a story of a girl who gives away all of her rights to a man? While ’50 Shades of Grey’ is the latest and most shocking example, Newsweek’s recent cover story, “Spanking Goes Mainstream,” author Katie Roiphe looks at the cultural trend of bright young women willingly engaged in BDSM relationships: 50 Shades of Grey, Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls and even the wedding night of teen heart throbs Bella and Edward in the 4th Twilight movie.

Feminists are up in arms – some applauding the trend because women have the freedom to do anything they want in the bedroom, while others state that choosing sexual submission is a huge step back for women. What isn’t currently being heard is the voice of Christians in all this upheaval. Is this issue really that big of a deal? What should God-honoring men and women do? How should Christian leaders speak out about this issue? What should you say to your neighbor who is reading the book? How do we protect our daughters and sons from the effects of this trend?

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Meet Gabrielle: Known by her friends as fierce, passionate, tall, and loud. Everyone in her life knows she wouldn’t be caught dead wearing flats. Gabs is a girly-girl adventurer; she hiked through the jungles of Indonesia and rode an elephant while wearing earrings and eyeliner! She is always on a new “kick,” whether its eating organic, running marathons, studying body language, or learning to play chess. Called by God to the cause of the widows and fatherless, she uses her writing to be a voice for the exploited and abused around the world

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