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Fantasy vs. Reality: The 50 Shades Phenomenon

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Whips, chains, & floggers, oh my! Fifty Shades might not make good literature, but it is one hell of a catalyst for conversation. The astounding popularity of the Fifty Shades trilogy has brought kink out into the sunlight, but now what? What happens when poorly researched fanfic is used as a mainstream cultural reference point? These books could fade as a fad or they could be leveraged as a new way of being open about sexual desires & normalizing kinky fantasies. Couples have been furtively bought feathered riding crops & fur-lined handcuffs for decades, only now it’s becoming socially acceptable to admit it. Learning the difference between fantasy, reality & abuse is a key element to healthy kinky expression but on this point Fifty Shades fails miserably. The books start as sexy inspiration but ends up promoting unrealistic expectations & false stereotypes. Yet when the books are used to arouse a social sexual awakening & get people talking, they hit the mark perfectly.


Kali Williams Founder & CEO Erotication

After more than a decade exploring creative sexuality, lifestyle and professional Dominatrix Princess Kali launched the video based educational website to share her passion for making all things kinky more understood and more accessible. Since then she’s launched 4 more educational sites, which you can see on to cover all aspects of sexuality. Intent on making “pervert” a compliment, she spends her days reaching out to individuals and couples all over the world with her playful philosophy of “pleasantly perverted” sex education.