The film “50 Shades of Grey,” based off the novel by E. L. James, hit theaters on Feb. 13 and has received a lot of negative criticism.
The film features a naïve and inexperienced college student, Anastasia Steele, and her relationship with successful businessman Christian Grey. Grey, who practices bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism.
Briana Soroko, senior philosophy and English major, is the programming liaison at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Women’s Resource Center. She does not plan on seeing the film but attempted to read the novel. She has read numerous articles about the film.
“I made it to about page 30 of the book,” Soroko said. “I stopped reading it because the writing style was unappealing. The main character seemed very flimsy, and the male character just seemed ridiculous.”
Soroko said portraying Grey to be territorial and possessive tells women the way to get a partner is to be weak and passive. She also feels that “50 Shades of Grey” does not accurately depict the BDSM community.
“Consensual activities is the number one rule in BDSM,” Soroko said. “In this movie, it is showing these acts in a way that is not safe. On the one hand it is making BDSM more acceptable and mainstream, however it is doing it in a really bad way.”
Loren De Lonay, senior arts management major, is the promotions coordinator at the center. She has neither seen the movie nor read the novel but has heard a lot about both.
“50 Shades is very detrimental in terms of consent because from what I have heard and seen, there seems to be incidents where the main male character makes the female do things that she is not okay with,” De Lonay said.
Sophie Hart, sophomore psychology and biology major, is a member and educator of the BDSM community who saw the film.
On Feb. 25, Hart presented BDSM and Kink 2.0 about the reality of BDSM in the Dreyfus University Center. Hart feels it is important to educate people about BDSM because of the way it is shown in the novel and film.
“A lot of people are trying to pass off the main character’s relationship as healthy and an accurate depiction of BDSM, which it is not,” Hart said. “He has no respect for her; it’s not because she is a submissive. He has an attitude that she is just there to make his life easier.”
Hart encourages people to not see the movie.
“It’s literally every cliché in a romance novel, and the author took them and made it worse,” Hart said. “I don’t think it should’ve ever been made into a movie.”