Abuse study backs Sunderland campaign against 50 Shades of Grey

Clare Phillipson is leading a campaign against the Fifty Shades of Grey series of books which she says could encourage abuse.
Clare Phillipson is leading a campaign against the Fifty Shades of Grey series of books which she says could encourage abuse.
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A CHARITY boss today welcomed a new study which criticises a best-selling series of erotic books for “perpetuating” the problem of violence against women.

Clare Phillipson, director of the Wearside Women in Need refuge, launched a high-profile campaign against the Fifty Shades sagas last year, amid claims they incite abuse.

The controversial books, which carry strong sadism and masochism themes, became the fastest-selling paperbacks of all time when they were released last year, and have been flying off the shelves ever since.

But Ms Phillipson called on readers to bin the “disgusting” trilogy.

Now her views have been backed by a report in the Journal of Women’s Health.

Dr Amy Bonomi concluded that emotional and sexual abuse is “pervasive” in the novel, written by British author EL James, and is “perpetuating dangerous abuse standards”.

Ms Phillipson said: “It is good to see valid, sound, academic research backing up what we’ve said all along about this book. We got a lot of criticism at the time of the campaign. Sadly, most of it was from women who were defending the book.

“Men were utterly bewildered by the book and what women saw in it. I hope this research goes some way to proving the toxic influence this book has.”

Publisher Random House said: “The sex scenes are entirely consensual.”