Let’s be honest. 50 Shades of Grey is growing 50 Shades of Overdone. You can’t turn on the T.V., talk to co-workers at the water cooler, or casually creep on the e-reader next to you on the 6 train without being hit in the face with the frisky fad. I’ll admit, we fed the beast with our own take on the book’s censorship–but then again, we also detected the epoch of erotica far before E.L. James came into our lives so let’s pretend we were the trendsetters on this one.
But while we may be growing tired of the zeitgeist shoving erotica down our throats (anyone else noticing the unintentional double entendres slipping into this post?), Forbes blogger Kate Taylor tells us that the trend towards liberated sexuality doesn’t stop with the charmingly named clit-lit genre. In fact, Taylor isolates five industries that capitalize on female sexuality and provide XXX to the XX chromosome set.
Does this mean that there’s a sweeping sexual revolution that will allow women to be as free and open about their sexuality as men? Or does it mean that corporate America has found a way to commodify men’s bodies just as it has women’s? Is this equal opportunity or equal objectification?
Whatever the answer, let’s celebrate the fact that regardless of these industries intentions–whether it be making waves or making money–at least they have launched a cultural conversation that circles sexuality in a way that can stimulate some surprising insight.
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