Fantasy vs. Reality: The 50 Shades Phenomenon
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.
After more than a decade exploring creative sexuality, lifestyle and professional Dominatrix Princess Kali launched the video based educational http://www.KinkAcademy.com 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 http://www.Erotication.com 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.