Charity to use "Fifty Shades of Grey" as toilet paper

A charity for abuse victims has called the best-selling sado-masochistic erotic thriller "vile"

By Prachi Gupta
November 5, 2012 11:46PM (UTC)
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Wearside Women in Need has received 24 copies of E.L. James's bestselling book "Fifty Shades of Grey," the erotic thriller that birthed "mommy porn" as a genre. Clare Phillipson of the abuse victim charity has called the books "vile," originally calling for donated copies to be burned. Now she tells the BBC that the books will recycled and composted instead:

"There were a range options.

"We discussed the book burning while getting the message across that this book is a dangerous trend.

"I think we've got a culture now which has completely sexualised women and in which women feel obligated to take part in that culture. We want to draw a line under that.

"We will be cutting them up, using them for toilet roll and sticking them on our compost heap and they will go back into the ground... although the ideas they represent will continue."


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