Deep Wounds That Need Healing

[Editor’s Note: Censoring the books is appropriate and should be suggested. Take the time to read the articles linked to this post.] The film’s opening exposed a deep wound. It needs healing. Whatever happens to the book and film franchise, the real life toll of human torture it exposes has to stay prominent in public debate and social action. It’s been in the shadows for far … Continue reading Deep Wounds That Need Healing

A Woman, A Dog, and A Walnut Tree…

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 … Continue reading A Woman, A Dog, and A Walnut Tree…

The Industrialization of Sex

I was reminded of Berry’s insight because of the release of the new film, 50 Shades of Grey, which epitomizes and promotes this view of industrialized sex. Too much has already been written about the stupidity and vulgarity of the novel, so I won’t waste time rehashing why no Christian should engage with that pornography. Instead, just as Berry offers advice on how to recover … Continue reading The Industrialization of Sex

Co-stars Criticize 50 Shades of Grey

I kind of have to pity Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, the co-stars of the forthcoming cinematic adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling book 50 Shades of Grey. Unfortunately for the pair, once the initial excitement of receiving the casting call had abated, they still had to go through the process of actually playing Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele: i.e. two of the most vapid, one-dimensional … Continue reading Co-stars Criticize 50 Shades of Grey

The Reality of a “Fifty Shades” Relationship

[Editor’s Note: For mature readers.] Truth has one shade and this is what it looks like. The mass media and throngs of women are swooning over the “love story” Fifty Shades of Grey. However, this cultural phenomenon’s impact to society will only serve to romanticize sexual violence and excuse domestic abuse. While thousands of women are fantasizing about the controlling and abusive Christian Grey from … Continue reading The Reality of a “Fifty Shades” Relationship

What’s the Most Common Word Found in Porn Site Comments? Are You Sitting Down for This One?

From Faithit.com At the end of every year, companies and organizations typically release an annual report that details what happened in the last 365 days. These reports usually contain numbers, statistics, charts, figures, and breakdowns of the past year, and then what the company is projecting for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, giant porn website PornHub, is no different. In its seemingly never ending effort to … Continue reading What’s the Most Common Word Found in Porn Site Comments? Are You Sitting Down for This One?

Birth Control, Abortion, and Obscenity

Recommended Resources Outlawed! Start Your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here? It’s (Not That) Complicated: How to Relate to Guys in a Healthy, Sane, and Biblical Way Sex, Marriage, and Family in John Calvin’s Geneva: Courtship, Engagement and Marriage The Christian Lover Marrying Well Purity is Possible: How to live free of the fantasy trap (Live Different) Continue reading Birth Control, Abortion, and Obscenity

What we can learn from 50 Shades of Grey

The trailer is smoldering temptingly on computers around the globe. Fans of the book are checking their diaries and booking tickets online. Reviewers are readying their pens and preparing their remarks. In just a few short days 50 Shades of Grey will hit the big screen, just in time for Valentine’s Day. On one level, this is just another in a long line of films with … Continue reading What we can learn from 50 Shades of Grey

Let’s Call ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ What It Is: Perverted

When the novel Fifty Shades of Grey was published three years ago, critics described it as “dull and poorly written,” “depressing” and “a sad joke.” Yet, it sold 100 million copies. Women were fascinated by the dark tale of a 21-year-old college student, Ana Steele, who falls in love with a handsome but mysterious young billionaire named Christian Grey after she interviews him for a … Continue reading Let’s Call ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ What It Is: Perverted