DOMESTIC violence campaigners are calling on Wearsiders to boycott the hotly anticipated 50 Shades of Grey film “because it glorifies abuse against women”.
Bosses at Wearside Women in Need (WWIN) say the sado-masochistic novel, which has been turned into a film and is out this week, should be avoided.
The novels, written by American author EL James, follow the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and business magnate, Christian Grey.
It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage and discipline, dominance and submission and sadism and masochism.
The series, which has been dubbed mummy porn and includes Fifty Shades of Darker and Fifty Shades of Freed, has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
Three years ago when the books were flying off the shelves, WWIN called for the book to be binned as part of its “Fifty Shades of Abuse” campaign.
WWIN director Clare Phillipson today told the Echo: “I’ve heard stories where women have been murdered and men have got claimed the victim was into 50 Shades of Grey.
“I’ve heard reports of men walking away from rape convictions because they said the woman they raped wanted to be tied up.
“There’s a growing number of women struggling to see the difference between abuse and a healthy relationship.”
The organisation first showed its anger at the context of the novels when they were released in 2012.
“I think it’s very sad that a lot of women are deluded enough to imagine that the type of man who behaves like Christian Grey, who is able to isolate, control and abuse a woman, can be turned into a loving person.
“They are seriously mistaken and that’s the most damaging thing that that book has to say.”
The organisation is now calling on film-goers to ditch seeing the film and instead donating the money they would have spent on a ticket to their local women’s refuge.
“We’re backing a campaign which has started in America called Fifty Dollars Not Fifty Shades,” added Ms Phillipson.
“We have international support because people are seeing the effect these disgusting books have had.
“It has set the issue of domestic violence back by a decade.
“If you really want to help victims of domestic violence, of which there are more thanks to this dreadful book, then don’t go and see it and donate the money instead.”
Those suffering from domestic violence should call 415 1506 or 0800 066 5555 or go to www.wearsidewomeninneed.org.uk.