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Activists urge women to boycott the movie 50 Shades of Grey

It is most awaited movie in the recent times. For many couples around the world, the Valentine’s Day plan is sorted.

This is the day when 50 Shades of Grey, the much-awaited erotic movie, will hit big screens in major cities across the globe.

But some activists now want people to boycott the film and instead donate money to domestic violence shelters.

The activists who have launched a social media campaign titled #50dollarsnot50shades are urging people to skip the premiere of the movie and instead donate the ticket money to victims of domestic violence.


The organizations supporting the campaign, Stop Porn Culture, the London Abused Women Centre and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation argue that the film romanticizes abusive relationships and sexual violence.

The film is an adaption of the erotic romantic trilogy novels Fifty Shades by British author E.L James.

The novels are notable for their explicit and erotic scenes that feature elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM).

The books have been widely criticized for glamourizing sexual abuse but have still been extraordinarily popularized because women loved them.

The term “mommy porn” has been widely used to degrade the book while international mainstream media has ridiculed it for its bad writing and triviality. The trilogy has so far sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.