LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A woman’s perspective on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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Let’s just start by saying that I am not telling you to not go see 50 Shades of Grey. I am not saying you’re going to go to hell because you watch this film. Also, I have not read the books or watched the movie.

This is simply an outsiders’ perspective.

Proverbs 4: 23 tells us, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” I fall short of this everyday. Our world is completely riddled with sin and media that taints our hearts. I have watched films that contain strong sexual content, drug use, violence and harsh language. I have also turned off movies and walked out of theaters for all of those reasons.

This is something that I have been fired up about since I first heard that the book was being made into a movie. I take two perspectives against this film – the first as a Christian. As mentioned before I fall short of guarding my heart. However, I would not fall so far as to watch this movie. God designed sex for marriage, as a healthy way for a man and his wife to express their love. “Fifty Shades of Grey” depicts the main characters, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, in a romantic and physical relationship outside of marriage. Also, I believe that women are to be spiritually submissive to their husbands. “Fifty Shades of Grey” shows Anastasia being completely sexually submissive to the point where she has no say or power (the posters for the film say to “Lose control”). While this may be all the rage in the secular world, it is not the way God designed a loving relationship to work.

The next, even if I didn’t hold the moral values and beliefs that I do about sex, as a woman, I still wouldn’t support this film. Anastasia has no say in the relationship. She willingly puts herself in the position to be completely controlled by Christian.

This is not love.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” gives the false illusion to all of us women of the world that we can fix broken and disturbed men, and we can do it by letting them have complete control of every part of our lives.

Again, this is not love.

Quincey White is a junior elementary and special education major. She can be reached at whiteq@huntington.edu. This letter to the editor reflects the views of the writer only.

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