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This Fifty Shades of Grey resource page, put together by the Ave Maria Radio production team, is designed to educate and inform our listeners on the dangers of this film and BDSM activity in general. These resources will aid you in speaking intelligently with your friends and family who are interested in the film, the books and the BDSM lifestyle in general, as well as provide you resources to actively protest the film. Please share this page with everyone you know!

Brought together by:

Al Kresta & Teresa Tomeo

Nick Thomm, Joshua Hull, Scott Rouse & Iris Hanlin

Kevin Mahon & Bryant Schoenle

Summary of 50 Shades of Grey:

Fifty Shades of Grey is the story of a college student, Anastasia, who begins a relationship with a 27 year old very successful and powerful businessman, Christian Grey, after interviewing him for her college newspaper. Ana loses her virginity to Christian, and he wants her to sign a non-disclosure agreement and a contract that keeps their relationship purely sexual and defines how their relationship as one of “dominance and submission.”

 

Why 50 Shades of Grey is Wildly Popular:

“Ultimately, the secret to the success of Fifty Shades is that it puts the reader in the role of both the saved and the savior.  But that’s also precisely what’s so dangerous about this story – because Christian Grey is not God, neither is Ana, and neither are any of us.  In reality, Christian’s all-consuming “love” would warrant a restraining order, and Ana’s refusal to leave him would eventually land her at a battered women’s shelter or dead.  The same is true for the rest of us – bad things happen when we try to play God, or when we let someone else fill the role of God for us.  The only salvific love we’ll ever find in this world is divine in origin – not romantic.”

Read the full article here (you really should read it. This is the best piece we’ve read on the topic) –  http://bit.ly/16VewAm

 

The Fifty Shades Effect

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Michigan State University – Young adult women who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” are more likely than nonreaders to exhibit signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner, finds a new study led by a Michigan State University researcher. Further, women who read all three books in the blockbuster “Fifty Shades” erotic romance series are at increased risk of engaging in binge drinking and having multiple sex partners –  http://bit.ly/1vnWoGm

 

How to Protect your Children:

Miriam Grossman

Dr Miriam Grossman is a medical doctor specializing in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She is the author of Unprotected and You’re Teaching My Child WHAT? which focuses on sex education and reproductive health. In the five part blog series below Dr. Grossman gives us a medical professional’s viewpoint on what makes the story so dangerous.

Introductory material – http://bit.ly/1tDS2sQ

The Dangers of Fifty Shades of Grey to Your Daughter – http://bit.ly/1xJRh3s

More Dangers of Fifty Shades of Grey to Your Daughter – http://bit.ly/1vuvIsc

The Dangers of Fifty Shades of Grey to Your Son – http://bit.ly/1KO1rpU

How to Speak With Your Child About Sadomasochism – http://bit.ly/1Apcuo8

Letter to Young People – http://bit.ly/1KRkP5n

Al’s Interview with Dr. Miriam Grossman:

 

The Reality of a “Fifty Shades” Relationship

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While thousands of women are fantasizing about the controlling and abusive Christian Grey from the book, there are many women dealing with the horrors of actually living with men like him. The actions taken by Robert Bashara, 56, who goes by “Master Bob” in BDSM circles, paints a more realistic picture of how Fifty Shades of Grey plays out in real life – http://bit.ly/1A0oYRu

 

Other Articles and Studies:

Articles by Teresa Tomeo:

Grey is the Devil’s Favorite Color: http://bit.ly/1F0bDNw

“Fifty Shades” and the Sexual Objectification of Women – http://bit.ly/1DkXc4n

Fifty Shades of Fantasy, Fallacy and Fanaticism – http://fxn.ws/16ZkDE6

Dr. Gregory Popcak – Fight the Power of 50 Shades: Here’s What YOU Can Do! – http://bit.ly/1FGXRg8

Academy of Women’s Health – 50 Shades of Grey Romanticizes Sexual Violence and Emotional Abuse of Women: http://bit.ly/1AfgVnh

NY Daily News – The difference between BDSM and what’s portrayed in ’50 Shades of Grey’: The behaviors depicted in E.L. James’ racy trilogy have popularized a potentially harmful and distorted version of the sexual practice, experts said – http://nydn.us/1AdOOof

Learn how to take further action at http://endsexualexploitation.org/

 

Quotes:

 Jamie-Dornan

“Mass appreciation doesn’t always equate to something good. Think of Hitler!”

“Some of the Red Room stuff was uncomfortable. There were times when Dakota was not wearing much, and I had to do stuff to her that I’d never choose to do to a woman.”

“The first day [of filming] was kind of an out-of-body experience. I got there and they said, “Action!” I’m like, “What the f—k is happening? I’m a dad. What?

“It was an interesting evening. Then go back to my wife and newborn baby afterwards … I had a long shower before touching either of them.”

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I still can’t look at it objectively or wrap my head around it. The parts of the movie that are difficult to watch were even more difficult—and emotionally taxing—to shoot.”

“But I don’t want my family to see [the movie], because it’s inappropriate. Or my brothers’ friends, who I grew up with. I think they’d be like, ‘Blegh.’ Also there’s part of me that’s like, I don’t want anyone to see this movie. Just kidding.”

“It’s just sweaty and it’s not very comfortable. And on top of that, my hands and legs were tied, and I was blindfolded, and I was being hit with this bizarre tool. … It was emotionally taxing. At first I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is the worst thing ever,’ and then I was like, ‘All right, let’s get on with it.'”

“Sometimes I did walk off the set feeling a bit shell-shocked. There were some painful moments.”

God’s Vision for Sex (the Truth about Sexuality)

Dr. Peter Kreeft:

Is there sex in Heaven? – http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics/sex-in-heaven.htm

Kreeft: On Love – http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics/love.htm

Theology of the Body:

Theology of the Body – http://www.theologyofthebody.net/

TOB for Teens  – http://thetheologyofthebody.com/information/teens

Christopher West:

Christopher West’s website – http://corproject.com/

Chastity Project (run by Everts and Christopher West)  – http://chastityproject.com/

Dr. Gregory Popcak:

Fight the Power of 50 Shades: Here’s What YOU Can Do! – http://bit.ly/1F5Pxt4

Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind Blowing, Infallible Loving – BUY IT HERE!

Holy Sex

Videos from Matt Fradd:

50 Things You Should Know About “Fifty Shades of Grey”

4 Lies About Sexuality in Fifty Shades of Grey

Matt Fradd’s website – http://www.theporneffect.com/