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7/16/12

Fifty Shades of Grey Causes Another Baby Boom?

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Erotica Books are the Next Guilty Pleasure

Fifty Shades of Grey has been called, “mommy porn” since turning on billions of women world wide with the S&M story involving whips, ropes, “A Red Room of Pain”, etc. But is this book boom indeed causing a baby boom as well?

It’s no secret that E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey has been hyped and hollered about constantly for the previous couple months. Since hitting number one on the New York Times bestseller list in March, this book has been hard to find in many bookstores.

The first book in the trilogy has sold ten million copies world-wide, to become the fastest-selling novel of all time, according to Yahoo UK.

Fifty Shades is the first book in a three book series centered on the lives and relationship of Christian Grey, a rich and handsome control freak, and Anastasia Steele, an innocent college graduate. The two take on the roles of dominant and submissive respectively.

Women all over the world are drawn to this written erotica – as it is written, it’s said to be more sensual than porn. We love getting lost in a great story with a well-written plot line and likeable characters; and that’s what Fifty Shades is.

“A great erotica novel will not only rope you in but it will seduce you instead of just throwing you across the bed and giving you a Slam! Bam! Thank-You Ma’am!” – Nikki Noffsinger

Porn, on the other hand, is just a physical act. Men react more to what they see than what they can feel, hence the lack of male buyers for this book that some have mistakenly referred to as “porn.”

Men have been the driving factor behind the porn industry for decades now, getting turned on with the flip of a remote or click of a mouse. Women, in this new day and age, are getting turned on with a flip of a page, and now media is claiming a baby boom.

Since it’s now the women are asking for more sex now, can we predict a baby boom? I think that’s unlikely. Nothing has changed – birth control is still a thing, and sex is still being had.

But Yahoo UK claimed the Fifty Shades of Grey baby boom will indeed be a thing, “hundreds of expectant mums have bombarded parenting websites claiming the books are responsible for them falling pregnant with ’50 Shades’ Babies.’”

“It’s relighting a fire under a lot of marriages,” said Lyss Stern, the founder of DivaMoms.com and one of the early fans of the series.

What do you think, is there that much of a different between porn on the Internet and erotic literature? Will this really lead to a baby boom?


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Amy Willsey
I'm a sophomore magazine journalism major and business minor at the University of Missouri. I came from the lovely Kansas City and am a die hard Royals and Chiefs fan. I enjoy long-distance runs, alliteration and I spend my free time finding the fraternities with the cutest puppies. Carry on, all you pretty people, carry on.