Fifty Shades of Darkness

50 Shades of DarknessYesterday, I took the opportunity to watch the new ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie trailer. Women all over America—many of them Christians—have read the books and are frothing at the mouth to see the movie that’s coming out, not coincidentally, on Valentine’s Day 2015. Allow me to let you know, as a man, what I thought during and after watching the trailer.

A young, pretty, naive woman goes in for a job interview. A handsome, slightly older-than-she man is (at first) stoic and intimidating. He knows how to use that to his advantage to seduce her. She falls for it. They sleep together. She imagines love in the future. He lets her know he just wants her for the pleasure and will return the favor. He slowly progresses her sexually — manipulating her — until he senses that, while he may shock her, he finally has her where he wants her. He’ll show her his extreme sexual appetites. He does. She’s shocked. She says, “Why not?” They explore extreme sex. Maybe they “fall in love.” I don’t know. Not the point.

This movie is PORN; every bit as much porn as what men might look at online. The depravity in this movie is extreme. It may not show the genitalia, but that need not matter. For women, it’s not about the pictures, it’s about the emotion, about the longing, about the thrill. This movie is about taking a woman’s heart and completely disregarding its importance. It’s about manipulation, greed, and perversion. And it’s made to look attractive and “sensual.”

Women who voluntarily go see this movie (and/or read the books) have absolutely no right to tell a man to stop looking at pornography if they are willing to engage in this themselves.

What are you ladies saying to the men in your lives by accepting this movie and the books? What are you saying about yourselves by thinking that this is a proper form of entertainment? What are you saying to your little girls and your little boys (whom you’re hoping will, one day, become respectful young men) by having this garbage sitting around your home, by talking about the book and movie with praise and excitement?

You, dear woman, are opening the door to allow men to treat you the way that they want to treat you, while the whole time you are hoping that it will be a thrill that leads to love. You’re wrong. It doesn’t work that way.


About ImpactWriter

W. Franklin Lattimore is the published author of the Otherealm Saga, four Christian suspense novels based on spiritual warfare. 1: "Deliver Us from Darkness," 2: "When Darkness Comes," and 3: "Behind the Darkness." Novel 4, "That Dark Place," is his current work in progress. Frank's former involvement in the occult as a teenager was the springboard for writing the Otherealm Saga. Now, as a committed Christian, his novels are written as a wake-up call to those dabbling in, curious about, and heavily active in witchcraft and other "spiritual" activities. In addition, his books are designed to educate Christians on their position and authority in Christ and their common responsibility to make Jesus known to their communities, while possibly having to take some risks to do so. Frank a graduate of Kent State University, with a B.A. in Political Science. In addition to his formal education, Apologetics (the study of the evidences supporting the Christian faith) and Creation Science are favorite areas of study. He is active in his “Rockin” church and in his free time enjoys hiking, biking, ziplining, fishing, riding roller coasters, target shooting, and eating crispy BBQ wings.
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2 Responses to Fifty Shades of Darkness

  1. Pingback: Fifty Shades of Rape Culture | The New Authors Fellowship

  2. ImpactWriter says:

    Even the co-stars of the movie think 50 Shades of Grey is awful (and maybe even a bit like Hitler):

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