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From mic.com: “Anastasia Steele’s biggest defeat may not have been submitting to her abuser’s sexual desires, but convincing other women that the behavior was okay. At least that’s the finding of a new study in the Journal of Women’s Health, which claims young adult women who read Fifty Shades of Grey are more likely to replicate the behaviors of people in abusive relationships.”

Research indicates that women who read 50 Shades are more likely to tolerate abusive and controlling behaviours in their own relationships though (there is a pretty big caveat around the correlation: “one thing the study couldn’t determine was whether women who engaged in risky behaviors started doing so before or after reading the book”).

The research article: Fiction or Not? Fifty Shades is Associated with Health Risks in Adolescent and Young Adult Females

Conclusions from abstract: Problematic depictions of violence against women in popular culture—such as in film, novels, music, or pornography—create a broader social narrative that normalizes these risks and behaviors in women’s lives. Our study showed strong correlations between health risks in women’s lives—including violence victimization—and consumption of Fifty Shades, a fiction series that portrays violence against women. While our cross-sectional study cannot determine temporality, the order of the relationship may be inconsequential; for example, if women experienced adverse health behaviors first (e.g., disordered eating), reading Fifty Shades might reaffirm those experiences and potentially aggravate related trauma. Likewise, if women read Fifty Shades before experiencing the health behaviors assessed in our study, it is possible that the book influenced the onset of these behaviors by creating an underlying context for the behaviors.

Research: women who read 50 Shades more likely to tolerate abusive and controlling behaviours