Katie Roiphe Stirs Debate With 'Spanking' Newsweek Piece

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Katie Roiphe, the author and journalist, has fuelled the debate over the erotic book 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in the latest issue of Newsweek. The cover features a woman in a blindfold, with the tagline "The Fantasy Life of Working Women", while the story's headline reads, "Spanking Goes Mainstream". Roiphe is perhaps best known for her non-fiction book 'The Morning After: Fear, Sex and Feminism'.

However, in Newsweek, Roiphe had some eye-opening views on 'Fifty Shades of Grey', the erotic literary sensation by E.L James that was inspired by Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels. The book follows the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and the manipulative billionaire Christian Grey. Anastasia signs a contract allowing Christian to have complete control over her life, which leads to bondage, domination and sadism. Writing in Newsweek, Roiphe explained, "It's not that [Anastasia] wants to be whipped, it's that she willingly endures it out of love for, and maybe in an effort to save, a handsome man. This little trick of the mind, of course, is one of the central aspects of sexual submission: you can experience it without claiming responsibility, without committing to actually wanting it". The article has already led to a flurry of critical tweets, with one user saying, "Surrender is the Feminist Dream." Just...no. But one of my dreams is that people stop paying Roiphe to speak for feminism", another jokingly wrote, "I'm doing S&M with Katie Roiphe right now & she loves it - I'm wearing a Tuxedo & Yelling at Her because of the bad bad article she wrote".

Fifty Shades of Grey will soon be hitting the big-screen, after several studios including Warner Bros, Sony and Universal entered a bidding war for the rights. It was announced on March 26, 2012 that Universal Pictures and Focus Features would be making the movie.


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