In June of 2011, whisperings began of the most scandalous book to hit the shelves since Anne Desclos's The Story of O in the '60s: Fifty Shades Of Grey, by E. L. James. The story follows Anastasia Steele, an innocent virgin graduate student who becomes captivated by business tycoon Christian Grey.
However, far from the usual heart and flowers-filled courtship, Ana quickly learns that Grey instead wants dominant and kinky sex, complete with a contract, a list of sex toys, and permission to "punish" his submissive partners with pain when they fail to please him. The book follows the seemingly impossible romance that blooms with them, and their sexual interaction that will leave you blushing for days. The book was quickly followed by two sequels, and the trilogy began to soar in sales.
So next time you pass a wide-eyed lady buried in one of the Fifty Shades books, do not automatically peg her as a "DTF," kinky sex-fiend waiting for someone to handcuff and whip her. True, she could be going through a slow phase in her sex life and living vicariously through the book. True, she could be contemplating a trip to the nearest sex shop to see what catches her eye. Odds are, however, she's simply enjoying a good story.
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