By Geoffrey Botkin From Western Conservatory,
So goes the centuries-old English proverb about romance and human affection. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, British fantasy-pornographer Erika Mitchell has revived this cruel idea in a major motion picture1. In Mitchell’s narrative, an innocent college girl is deceived, tormented and abused for the apparent sexual gratification of the criminal doing the beating. True to the proverb, the story suggests that the victim is the better for it, and now millions of filmgoers worldwide are lining up for a prurient peek at this perversion of romance and human affection.
Mitchell’s visual depictions of Sadistic abuse and deviant sexual passion are being elevated to a prominent and honored position in box-office culture. Mitchell’s Fifty Shades of Grey, a trilogy of erotic escapism has sold 100 million copies worldwide, and has been translated from British English into 52 languages. What curious viewers are forced to see is a vivid demonstration of the Marquis de Sade’s brutal theology of abuse. The Marquis was a liberation theologian and pornographer of 19th century France. Sade and his disciples believe all women of any age belong to all men in any way the men choose, and any harm to the woman is nobody’s business but the man’s. “The issue of her wellbeing, I repeat, is irrelevant,” wrote Sade. He justified the use of any violence necessary to force his will on any woman of any age at any time in order to obtain personal pleasure from cruelty. “I’ve already told you,” he preached, “the only way to a woman’s heart is along the path of torment. I know none other as sure.” Sade was not simply trying to brand a new lifestyle, or trying to make himself happy, or trying to satisfy a lustful urge. He was seriously trying to destroy God’s created institution known as marriage, and God’s created masterpiece known as woman, by dismantling every form of dignity and protection women were entitled to enjoy, and every relationship through which God intended women to find joy. 2
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